At the planning meeting last Wednesday Councillors voted to seek a ‘revised siting’ of a McDonald’s drive-thru on land occupied by Asda in Coleraine.
The popular fast-food giant had lodged a planning application earlier this year exclusively revealed by Causeway Coast Community to build premises on land occupied by Asda on Coleraine’s ring road.
Planning officers two weeks ago recommended approving the development.
However, objections over its proximity a neighbouring hotel prompted planning committee members to defer the decision.
Commenting on the decision Independent Councillor William McCandless said “The decision reached by the Planning Committee at their meeting on 26/8 has, in my opinion, been a common-sense proposal.
“Since the proposed new McDonald’s for Coleraine Sited in Asda car park bordering the Lodge Hotel had been discussed, the Lodge Hotels approach has been consistent, they are not opposed to McDonald’s having a second location in Coleraine but locate it elsewhere in the vast expanse of Asda car park.
“The issues raised of cooking odour and noise emanating from the original proposed site which would have been located just yards away from the Lodge’s motel complex could impact upon guests wanting to stay at the Lodge.
“The Lodge Hotel has been in existence for over 40 years and has been an invaluable asset to our tourist trade.
“Whilst I certainly welcome any new jobs to Coleraine, they cannot be at the expense of potentially causing damage to a well respected existing employer who has provided employment in Coleraine for many years.
“I hope McDonald’s will reflect upon this recommendation from the Committee, see the sense of it and seek to work sympathetically alongside a long established member of the hospitality industry and investigate siting in the North West sector of the car park.