Metro North-West DAP approves $2.2m McDonald’s store in Clarkson

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CLARKSON is set to get a $2.2 million McDonald’s fast food drive-through outlet but it will not be allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved Planning Solutions’ application for the restaurant on the corner of Caloundra Road and Maroochydore Way, near Bunnings, today.

During public consultation last November, the City of Wanneroo received 30 submissions, with 25 objecting to and five supporting the proposal.

A report to the panel said the main issues raised related to the proposal being inappropriate near residential areas, amenity and safety impacts such as noise, light pollution, odours, littering and anti-social behaviour, as well as an increase in traffic.

A resident, who asked to remain anonymous, gave a presentation at the January 16 meeting appealing for the panel to turn down the development, citing concerns about anti-social behaviour.

“There are enough in our area; please do not allow McDonald’s to infiltrate Clarkson,” she said.

She later welcomed the decision to approve the plans, with a condition restricting hours between 6am and 10pm, seven days a week.

Noting residents’ concerns, presiding member Karen Hyde moved the extra condition, supported by four of the five panel members.

Ms Hyde acknowledged the panel had approved a 24-hour fuel station and convenience store on the BP-owned site last September, but said “the nature of sitting down and ordering food is quite different”.

The McDonald’s drive-through will be located near Bunnings in Clarkson. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A McDonald’s representative said there would be CCTV in the drive-through and internal areas but not the carpark based on experiences at the fast food chain’s other restaurants.

“At Mindarie, Butler and Brighton, we don’t experience any anti-social behaviour,” he said.

At the applicant’s request, the panel replaced a condition restricting delivery hours to one that required a delivery management plan minimising impacts on nearby homes – the applicant said there would be no night-time or early morning deliveries.

Another conditions related to having a landscape plan that could help screen headlights and vehicle noise.

The panel retained a condition to restrict a pylon sign width on Neerabup Road to 2.5m as it aligned with the City’s sign policy, despite the applicant saying a similar wider sign had been approved in Butler.