Campaigners renew fight against McDonald plans

Campaigners protesting against plans to build a McDonald's restaurant in Tingley.
Campaigners protesting against plans to build a McDonald's restaurant in Tingley.
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Campaigners are preparing to battle a controversial application for plans to build a fast food restaurant for the fifth time.

Planning consultants Planware submitted plans on October 1 to Leeds City Council to develop a McDonald’s restaurant at the former White Bear pub site in Tingley.

But campaigners, residents and councillors have already submitted hundreds of letters to the council, objecting to the proposals.

Coun Robert Finnigan said the community had to “keep battling” against the latest plans.

He said: “We have had 200 objections sent to the council and I’ve been asked for another 400. I would be disappointed if we don’t get more than 500 objections against the plans because we have had over 1,000 on their previous applications.

“We have been battling this for three years and the community needs to stay together now and keep battling.

“We have to make sure we get our point across.”

The plans propose to demolish the existing building and erect a two-storey restaurant.

The finished site would include a drive-through and car park.

Coun Finnigan said it is the fifth time the fast food chain has applied for permission to build a restaurant on the site.

He added: “I don’t believe it’s an acceptable development. Leeds City Council didn’t either when they considered the plans in previous applications and neither did the planning inspectorate because of the impact it could have on housing. “

A public meeting is being organised this month and the proposals could be discussed by the council in December.