BELMONT Forum is to get a shiny new McDonald’s.
The fast-food chain has won permission to build close to its existing outlet, in the car park behind KFC and Red Rooster and facing Fulham Street.
It will have all the elements associated with the chain’s branding overhaul, including a two-storey high indoor playland, a McCafe and double drive-thru lanes.
The decision means the existing McDonald’s, which is one of WA’s oldest, will later be demolished and that land resumed for car parking.
During the approval at a Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting on Wednesday, discussion focused on the number of parking bays in the shopping centre that would be affected, whether trees around the site could be preserved and a requirement to provide a shower in the new building for staff members.
Among the costs of building a bigger McDonald’s will be a net loss of 24 car bays, but City of Belmont senior planning officer Andra Biondi said Belmont Forum still had more parking spaces than was required.
A group of mature trees along Fulham Street is set to make way for five new car bays in a move Belmont Councillor Robert Rossi said didn’t make sense, even given the quest to maximise parking.
He said it was human nature and a danger that people who parked in the five proposed angled bays would take a direct route to the restaurant across a traffic thoroughfare and the dual-lane drive-thru rather than walk down to the footpath.