MCDONALD'S has re-submitted a planning application for a proposed drive-thru near a Herefordshire town.

Plans for the fast-food restaurant in Ross-on-Wye are yet to appear on the Herefordshire Council website after the chain withdrew its previous application.

On Tuesday (July 26), McDonald's put in two planning applications for multiple signs.

With a drive-through and prominent signage, it would be at the roundabout where the A40 meets the A449 to the north-east of the town.

But in the months after the original application was submitted it had 221 objections and 97 submissions of support locally, with National Highways and Ross-on-Wye Town Council raising concerns.


Now, after feedback from the community of Ross, McDonald's as developed its plans.

A McDonald's spokesperson: "Following feedback from the community, stakeholders, and council officers, we have amended and re-submitted our plans to positively respond to the comments received.

"We are committed to listening and responding to local feedback throughout the planning process to ensure the creation of a well-integrated scheme.

"If approved, the scheme will generate several benefits for the local area including creating more than 100 full and part-time roles.

"The new Drive-Thru restaurant will be run by a local franchisee and the restaurant will play an active role supporting the community through regular litter picks and local partnerships."

Key changes to the scheme include the addition of a green buffer along the southern and eastern parts of the site to provide a greater level of separation and screening for neighbours.


There will be removal of the proposed totem in the southern part of the site.

An acoustic fence around the perimeter of the site to improve noise mitigation has been added.

The proposed operating hours of the drive-thru restaurant have been reduced, while servicing will be restricted to 6am and 11pm.

The proposed entrance off of the A40 roundabout will be modified to better accommodate customers and delivery vehicles, and its proposals now include two electric vehicle charging bays.

Solar panels will be added to the roof of the proposed restaurant building.

"We are committed to keeping the areas around our restaurants clean and tidy," said the spokesperson.

"All our restaurants are equipped with waste bins and recycling facilities, and we conduct a minimum of three litter picks every day, to collect all litter within the vicinity of our restaurants, not just McDonald's packaging."

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