South Leeds: Decision to reject plans for McDonald’s fast food restaurant welcomed

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Councillors have welcomed Leeds City Council’s decision to reject plans for a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Tingley for a fifth time.

The global chain originally applied for permission to build a two-storey restaurant with a drive-through, outdoor seating and a car park on the site of the derelict White Bear pub, in Dewsbury Road, as early as 2012.

Coun Neil Dawson (Lab, Morley South) has backed last week’s decision to once again reject McDonald’s advances.

He said: “This is a great victory for people-power and reflects the hard work put in by many local residents over the last three years.

“Leeds City Council for the third time has backed the case put by local residents and councillors and firmly rejected the plan from McDonald’s for another out-of-town restaurant.

“The people of Tingley have made their voice heard loud and clearly.”

The application was met with numerous objections from local residents although some have questioned the absence of an alternative option for the site.

Planning officers were critical of the plan’s scale, proposed access and associated noise issues.

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