MCDONALD’S has been given more time to operate a $2.2 million Clarkson restaurant, but still denied 24/7 opening hours.
The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved longer trading hours at the Caloundra Road venue following a State Administrative Tribunal appeal against the original restriction of 6am to 10pm.
Last month the panel reconsidered that decision, made in January, and unanimously agreed to allow the fast food outlet to operate it dining area from 5am to 11pm.
A report to the panel said the modification would allow customers to access the drive-through 24-hours a day while restricting access to the dine-in restaurant.
“ This operational change limits the ability of customers to remain on the subject site for extended periods and it will reduce the likelihood of people and cars occupying the carpark,” it said.
“The proposed modification to the operating hours will not significantly impact the amenity of the adjoining residential dwellings fronting Maroochydore Way as the drive-through driveway and queuing areas front onto Caloundra Way and the building is oriented away from the nearby residential properties.”
The site is owned by BP and adjacent to a fuel station that was granted approval to operate 24/7 last year despite nearby residents’ objections.