People power has prevailed in Tingley as campaigners celebrate their fourth victory against fast food giant McDonald’s.
The multi-billion pound firm has had an appeal against a decision by Leeds City Council to refuse it permission to build a drive-thru restaurant in Tingley dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate, who said the main reason for the decision being the effect the proposed build would have on those living near the site.
McDonald’s was refused permission to demolish the vacant pub and build a two storey restaurant with drive-thru and associated parking and landscaping last year after objections topped the 1,000 mark with people citing problems with traffic, noise, litter and associated anti-social behaviour.
The report says: “The replacement two-storey restaurant building would be in the same part of the site as the existing public house, but it would be set further back from the road frontage. Consequently the new building would be located much closer to the rear gardens of the dwellings on Oban Close.”
A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We are disappointed that our application to build a new restaurant in Tingley was refused and we are currently reviewing the planning inspectorate’s comments.”
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