McDonald’s rejected for fifth time

McDonald's hopes to demolish the White Bear pub to make way for a drive-thru restaurant have been dashed - again. (d24021202)

McDonald's hopes to demolish the White Bear pub to make way for a drive-thru restaurant have been dashed - again. (d24021202)

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McDonalds’ application to build a restaurant in Tingley has been rejected for a fifth time.

The fast food chain’s latest attempt to start business on the site of the derelict White Bear pub has divided opinion in the area.

The application was met with around 1,500 official objections from local residents although others have questioned the absence of an alternative option for the site.

Coun Wyn Kidger said: “It’s fantastic news that McDonalds has been rejected again. We’re thrilled to bits and let’s hope this is the end of it. It’s just not wanted or needed on this site. We now need to look at getting something else on the site to replace the pub.”

McDonalds first applied to replace the pub in 2011 but have been unsuccessful in their efforts to gain council permission to build on the site.

The local authority rejected the latest application on the grounds of “general noise and disturbance” to residents and noted the close proximity of the proposed restaurant to the back gardens of houses on Dewsbury Road.

A refusal notice issued by the council’s chief planning officer said: “The proposed use is considered unacceptable by reasons of the comings and goings of vehicles, light illuminated by car headlights, the closing and opening of car doors and the number of additional customer visits. This would generate an unacceptable level of activity, noise and general disturbance at unsociable hours.”

The future of the site remains unclear.

The council cited “The comings and goings of vehicles, light illuminated by car headlights, the closing and the opening of car doors and the number of additional customer visits” as causes of potential disturbance to residents. The privacy of homeowners on Dewsbury Road was also a factor in the decision.

There were also concerns raised about the layout’s suitability to host the restaurant. The report said that there was a likelihood of vehicles “queueing back onto the highway”. The plans included space for 40 car parking spaces.

McDonalds said they intended to employ 45 full and part time staff, although opening hours were not specified.