Swanley Residents Divided Over Proposed McDonald’s Restaurant in Town Center

Swanley Residents Divided Over Proposed McDonald's Restaurant in Town Center

Residents in Swanley Square Shopping Centre are divided over the proposed plans to turn a former Barclays Bank building into a new McDonald’s restaurant. The fast food chain has submitted an application to Sevenoaks council to change the use of the unit, which sits opposite The Cedars doctors surgery, into a restaurant and hot food takeaway.

The unit has been vacant since Barclays Bank closed its doors in November 2021. The proposed plans include alterations to the building’s entrances and elevations, as well as the installation of the iconic McDonald’s signage. The existing car park and service yard access along Nightingale Way would also be reconfigured.

If approved, the new McDonald’s restaurant would provide 70 parking spaces, including designated spaces for disabled and parent and child parking. The proposed development has received mixed responses from the community, with two objections and one neighbor in support.

Some concerns have been raised regarding potential traffic and litter issues, while others have pointed out the positive impact on job creation and reduced travel time to the nearest McDonald’s branches in Orpington and at the A20 Swanley service station.

One objector noted that the town did not need another fast food restaurant and that the location was not suitable due to existing problems with traffic, litter, and vermin. However, a traffic assessment concluded that the proposed development would only have a minimal impact on parking during peak hours.

On the other hand, supporters of the plans have highlighted the benefits for the local economy and the convenience for residents to have a McDonald’s restaurant in the town center. Currently, Swanley Square Shopping Centre is home to various food retailers, including KFC, Subway, Costa Coffee, and Iceland.

The deadline for comments on the application is April 17, and McDonald’s has been approached for comment. To stay updated on this and other planning applications in your area, click here.

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