Planners have given the go-ahead for a new McDonald’s in Louth – for the third time.
East Lindsey District Council planning committee welcomed the application for a new drive-thru which will create an estimated 65 new jobs.
An application to build the first McDonald’s in Louth was submitted in September 2019. It was due to be built alongside the Shell garage and share a car park with Starbucks.
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Work started in early 2020 and the fast food outlet was due to open in August. But Covid restrictions and a delay in materials led to the plans being scrapped. The Starbucks development went ahead as planned.
But the site across the car park was left vacant. McDonald’s submitted new designs and they were approved by planners but the work did not begin onsite.
The prime site next to the Shell garage was snapped up by KFC which opened its restaurant and drive-thru, with the help of students from Louth Interskill, in September last year.
Around 300 letters of support were submitted to ELDC recommending a new McDonald’s in Louth.
Louth town councilors recommended Lincoln Way should have double yellow lines to prevent lorries parking on the road outside. They also called for a pedestrian crossing on the road to improve safety for pedestrians. They supported the application with conditions.
McDonald’s said they already contribute £ 1.63 million to the economy and they said they spend £ 20million supporting farmers in the East Midlands who supply a range of foods, including free range eggs.
Bosses praised the decision to approve their plans. They said: “We have now received approval from East Lindsey District Council to build a new McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru on Fairfield Industrial Estate on Lincoln Way, Louth.
“Your support was enough to provide new local job prospects. As well as be a catalyst for economic investment.”
The firm said the restaurant and drive-thru will generate jobs and training and provide investment to aid the Louth area economy in the post-Covid recovery.
The development, which is expect to start straight away ready for opening by the end of the year, will improve the landscape of the empty site on the industrial estate. McDonald’s say Lincoln Way is well connected to the road network, off the A16.
The plans are described as a “modern freestanding single-storey” restaurant with space for around 97 visitors. A 38-space car park will include two accessible bays while the restaurant will also provide six cycle spaces.
In the initial planning application, the fast-food said the restaurant will be built in a sustainable way using modular construction. They also said it will include methods of tackling and minimizing climate issues.
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