McDonald’s proposed restaurant on Fishponds Road is recommended for refusal

The site of the proposed two-storey McDonald's which would incorporate a drive-thru

McDonald’s plans to develop this site look set to be rejected on Wednesday

Planning officers are recommending that McDonald’s controversial plans for a Drive-Thru restaurant on Fishponds Road are refused.

The scheme to redevelop old Bristol Tiles site comes before Bristol City Council’s development control committee on Wednesday evening.

There have been protest marches and rallies by the community against the proposal for a two-storey restaurant in a largely residential area and it has generated a 1,667-name petition and 495 individual objections. Among those objecting are local councillors and Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy.

The issues most frequently raised are road safety,  air quality, litter, noise and odour, and the health impact due to the proximity to several local schools.

Objections have also been received from various city council departments including traffic, pollution control and public health.

There have also been 20 comments in support of the restaurant, alongside 217 letters of support collated by the applicant.

A report to the development control committee points out that the proposal would see the redevelopment of a derelict site that is unlikely to be reoccupied and the scheme would provide some economic benefits.

An impression of how the McDonald's restaurant would look

An impression of how the McDonald’s restaurant would look

But it concludes that it “would result in highway safety harms associated with the traffic of right turning movements, exacerbated by the excessive car parking provision, inadequate servicing arrangements and pedestrian movements. This would represent an unacceptable highway safety impact that cannot be mitigated.”

The report goes on: “The proposal also fails to provide sufficient information to satisfactorily demonstrate that no unacceptable harm will arise to residential amenity from noise, odour and light pollution.

“The benefits of the scheme would not outweigh these identified harms and the proposal is accordingly recommended for refusal.”