Plans for a McDonald’s restaurant in Long Eaton have been approved.
The application by the fast food giant will see a drive-thru restaurant built in the existing Tesco Extra car park at the junction with Waverley Street and Nottingham Road.
Members of the Erewash Borough Council planning committee have given the application the go-ahead despite fears over the loss of parking and an increase in traffic.
It is thought that the new restaurant will bring 65 jobs to the area.
A 40-spot car park for the business will be located to the rear of the adjacent Aldi on what is currently a recycling area and service yard.
A KFC restaurant and adjoining drive-thru is located opposite the proposed site.
McDonald’s already has a restaurant on the Chilwell Retail Park just five minutes drive away.
Borough council environmental health officers said that opening hours at the McDonald’s should mirror that of Tesco Extra to ‘avoid anti-social behaviour from gatherings of local car enthusiasts at the car park’.
The police crime prevention design adviser objected to the plan, stating: “The developments will affect views from the town’s CCTV system and the additional car parking area is beyond the store’s existing coverage.”
As a result, the borough council’s neighbourhood warden manager says that both Tesco and McDonald’s should work together, using their own CCTV systems to fill in the void in coverage.
HS2 Ltd, which plans to build a 23-metre high viaduct for a multi-billion pound train line through the town, was also consulted as part of the application.
It advised that the site is “in very close proximity to land which is safeguarded and as such it will clearly be in the applicant’s interest to follow continued progress of the HS2 scheme”.