£1m McDonald’s Bedhampton plan is set for go-ahead

CONTROVERSY The Larchwood Avenue roundabout in Havant
CONTROVERSY The Larchwood Avenue roundabout in Havant
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PLANS to build a £1m McDonald’s drive-through restaurant next to a hypermarket are set to get the green light – despite strong objections from residents.

Officers at Havant Borough Council have recommended councillors vote to approve plans for a restaurant off the Larchwood Avenue roundabout next to Asda in Bedhampton.

It comes as 312 people have signed a petition objecting to the plans.

Many residents are concerned about the effect of extra traffic on the Hulbert Road roundabout.

Caroline Scott lives in nearby Chestnut Avenue and her house will overlook the drive-through.

She said: ‘There’s the traffic congestion – if anybody goes up to Asda at the moment you can’t get in and out of Hulbert Road.

‘We still have issues with anti-social behaviour and this will continue to get worse.

‘My bedroom window backs on to where a big McDonald’s sign will be, so that will be glaring in on me.’

The restaurant would have 100 seats and 33 car parking spaces.

The firm originally wanted to open 24 hours a day, but this has now been amended to 6am to 11pm, seven days a week.

The height of the McDonald’s sign would be almost 20ft – and this has been reduced by 6ft from the one originally proposed.

A council report says: ‘The proposed development would deliver 30 full-time jobs and 50 part-time jobs to an area of the borough suffering from high levels of multiple deprivation in a time of rising unemployment.’

If approved, the firm would have to contribute more than £75,000 towards transport improvements in Havant

Jenny Wride, councillor for Bedhampton, supported the development, as long as measures are taken to reduce the impact of noise on residents.

She said: ‘We desperately need jobs for our young people. I know the company gives their staff good training and support.’

McDonald’s officials have said residents will not be able to smell cooking as an air extraction system removes airborne odours.

A final decision will be made at a planning meeting at Havant’s Public Service Plaza at 5pm on January 12.