Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has called for urgent assurances from fast food chain McDonald’s that the privacy of neighbours will be protected when a new restaurant opens.
Work is well underway at the new McDonald’s site at Morrisons in Cleveleys. Having made a personal visit to the supermarket, Mr Maynard is worried by the scale of the development and the location of windows overlooking neighbouring homes.
He said: “During the planning process I made clear to McDonald’s the importance of being good neighbours. I was given assurances that windows would not overlook private homes but now the building is on the site and being fitted out, I am worried McDonald’s is going back on its word.”
Mr Maynard raised objections to the McDonald’s restaurant during the planning process and repeatedly called on the global chain to consider alternative locations within his constituency.
He said: “I know there is a demand for a McDonald’s and many people are pleased the chain is coming to Thornton-Cleveleys.
“However, I was never convinced this was the right location, given the impact on neighbouring homes and our local roads. Ultimately the Planning Inspectorate decided the scheme should go ahead. Now my focus is on ensuring the impact on our community is limited.”
Mr Maynard has asked McDonald’s to consider the use of opaque windows to screen neighbouring homes from view.
He said: “At this stage there is nothing which can be done about the bulk of the building, but a simple change can make a difference and demonstrate McDonald’s is willing to work with local people.
“In the longer-term I’m planning to meet with the franchisee to discuss other important issues like noise and litter management. I am pleased the franchisee is ready to work with me to address these matters.”
Wyre Council rejected the McDonald’s scheme but the authority’s decision was overturned on appeal.