The possibility of a McDonald’s in Alnwick is back on the table, but the fast-food giant has said it has no confirmed plans at the moment.
At the December meeting of Alnwick Town Council, it was reported that the company had shown an interest in coming to the town, specifically in relation to Northumberland Estates’ site at Cawledge.
But this week, a McDonald’s spokesman told the Gazette: “We are always looking for new sites and can confirm that Alnwick is an area where we would like to invest, open a new restaurant and create jobs.
“We are looking at several potential opportunities in the area, but currently have no confirmed plans.”
However, the site at Cawledge may well be the most attractive as there is an extant outline planning permission for a fast-food drive-thru restaurant.
The application for the petrol station, which it is hoped will have a new operator in the coming weeks, was combined with the outline proposal for a restaurant.
It was approved in November 2010 and the detailed plans for the restaurant must be submitted within five years, as in before November 2015.
It’s not the first time that McDonald’s has been on the menu in Alnwick, with the town coming very close to getting a restaurant more than a decade ago.
In early 2001, the corporation received planners’ approval from Alnwick District Council for its initial application for a restaurant at the Willowburn site, alongside the then under-construction sports centre.
In September that year, McDonald’s announced that problems with access meant work was unlikely to begin before the following year, a delay which prompted some people to query whether the chain would ever come to Alnwick.
And despite a new application, for a 60-seat restaurant with a drive thru facility, in July 2002, a McDonald’s in the town has remained elusive.