Green light for fast-food bid

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.

A fast-food giant’s move to a north Northumberland town is now a step closer after its planning application was approved.

In September, the Gazette reported that McDonald’s wants to build a drive-thru restaurant on the outskirts of Alnwick, creating 65 jobs in the process.

The global corporation lodged a full application with Northumberland County Council for a site which already has outline planning permission at Cawledge, between the A1 and the Alnwick Services petrol station.

The scheme has now been given the go-ahead under delegated powers as there were no objections raised by residents or Alnwick Town Council. One of the conditions on the approval is that development begins within three years.

The proposed restaurant would be accessed via the road into the filling station and have a drive-thru lane as well as 42 parking spaces. The interior would have space for 96 customers and the company wants it to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It would also provide ‘a minimum of 65 additional jobs for the community’, both full and part-time roles. Excluding the management team, ‘almost all of these’ would be recruited from the local area.

The only outstanding issue relates to a separate application for a free-standing 12-metre totem sign at the site.

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. The town council objected to the height of the sign, suggesting it should be at least two metres shorter.