McDonald’s opening hours plan on hold

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PLANS to extend the opening hours of Spalding’s McDonalds have been put on hold.

District councillors were due to discuss the issue at a meeting on Wednesday but the application was withdrawn by the fast food chain’s agent.

McDonalds had been hoping to get permission to open the restaurant on the junction of the A16 and A151 from 5am to midnight from Monday to Friday and have 24-hour trading Saturday and Sunday. It had previously won the right to open for those hours on a temporary basis but the plans to make the times permanent were being recommended for refusal.

In an email to South Holland District Council’s planning department, a spokesman from Savills said: “We will be looking to re-submit to retain the morning extension (5am) only, given the objections only raise issues with anti-social behaviour in the evening, and the fact that morning clientele are different to those drawn to the restaurant in the evening.”

According to the council report for the application, there had been 44 incidents of anti-social behaviour relating to the restaurant in the last 12 months.