A fifth planning application for a McDonalds drive-through in Tingley has been described as “underhand and cynical”.
Four previously controversial applications, for the former White Bear pub site off Tingley roundabout, have been refused by Leeds City Council. The last application was also refused permission by a Planning Inspector following an appeal by the fast food giant earlier this year.
Coun Wyn Kidger said: “McDonalds are using a legal loophole to have another go at trying to dump this takeaway in the middle of a residential area. It was refused previously because of its impact on residential amenity and is likely to be refused again on the same grounds. The timing of this application is underhand and cynical as McDonald’s hope that by lodging the application during the summer holidays they will face less opposition as people are distracted spending time with their families.”
Campaigners now plan to distribute 1,500 flyers with objection letters attached.“We know McDonalds are a powerful and wealth company but we cannot let them get away with grinding down a community which clearly doesn’t want a takeaway in a residential area,” Coun Kidger said.