Fast-food giant wants sign for approved site

The site of the proposed McDonald's restaurant at Cawledge in Alnwick, between the petrol station and the A1.

The site of the proposed McDonald's restaurant at Cawledge in Alnwick, between the petrol station and the A1.

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A 12-metre-high sign – the final application related to the new McDonald’s restaurant in Alnwick – looks set to get the green light tonight.

Plans for a free-standing totem sign on the site at Cawledge on the outskirts of the town and next to the A1 goes before Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee this evening.

It is recommended for approval despite an objection from Alnwick Town Council, which is concerned about the visual impact due to the height of the sign, suggesting it should be at least two metres shorter.

The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the A1, raised concerns about its position in the original application, which has now been resubmitted to address these concerns.

Residents keen to see the fast-food corporation bring one of its outlets to the town will hope that this seemingly minor issue will not hinder the overall application.

The recent saga involving the hours of use of the beer garden at the proposed Wetherspoon’s pub in Alnwick springs to mind.

As in this case, the main application was approved, but there are now doubts as to whether the plans are likely to progress at all.

Other plans on tonight’s agenda

Swarland – Outline plans for a development of detached houses in Percy Drive, Swarland, is recommended for approval, despite objections from the parish council and 12 neighbours. Also in Swarland, the erection of a detached house and garage on land north of Swarland Equestrian Centre is set for approval.

Acklington – A bid to alter the conditions of a previous planning approval at The Hemmel, Bank House Farm, are in line for the go-ahead.

Beal – Three roadside signs for the Barn at Beal are recommended for refusal.