RESIDENTS campaigning against plans by McDonald’s to build a 24-hour restaurant in Guildford are celebrating, with the fast food giant confirming on Wednesday it has withdrawn its appeal at the State Administrative Tribunal.
McDonald’s was appealing a decision by the Metro East Joint Development Panel (JDAP) in August to refuse its development application on the grounds it would have an adverse impact on the heritage values of Guildford, as well as concerns over traffic, parking and the restaurant’s proximity to the local primary school.
In a joint statement, Say No to McDonald’s in Guildford administrators Celeste de Saxe, Bromwyn Facer, Claire Scanlan and Anita Rowell said the news was a welcome relief for residents.
“We want to say a huge thank you to the amazing community spirit and effort shown by the Guildford locals in fighting this development application,” the statement said. “There are a lot of happy and relieved people here in Guildford today.
“It’s a real win for common sense over such an inappropriate location for a 24-hour drive-through.”
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said they would continue to investigate other potential sites for a restaurant in the area.
“We’ve made the decision to withdraw our application to develop a restaurant on this particular site. However, we know there is significant local demand and we will continue to investigate other sites in Guildford and the surrounding area,” the spokeswoman said.
“We’re disappointed we weren’t able to reach an agreement with the City of Swan council, but the restrictive requirements proposed in relation to parking meant the site was not commercially viable for us to pursue any further.
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