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McDonald’s launches new bid for drive-thru on Red Lion site in Totton
FAST food giant McDonald’s is launching a new bid to build a restaurant and drive-thru facility that would create 65 jobs.
The original application was withdrawn earlier this year after sparking more than 80 objections.
Protesters said the proposed development would result in crime, antisocial behaviour and a spate of accidents involving vehicles trying to emerge from the site, which is on a sharp bend.
New Forest District Council criticised the design of the proposed new complex.
Now McDonald’s is submitting a revised scheme – and says it believes that alterations made to the original proposal will overcome the objections raised by the council.
The new application includes improved pedestrian links to the town centre and an extra drive-thru lane to cut waiting times.
Henry Trickey, the company’s vice-president (development), said: “A new McDonald’s would bring investment to the area and provide more jobs for local people.
“We listened to the concerns expressed by the council and believe our revised plans address the issues.
We’re excited about the prospect of investing in Totton and continuing to work with the council on our proposals.”
But Totton town and district councillor Chris Lagdon forecast another flood of protests.
He said: “It’s the most dangerous bend in Totton and I don’t think there’s anything they can do to address the road safety issues.”
The original scheme resulted in 84 letters of objection, including one from the police.
Crime prevention officer Simon Bottom said: “The nearby Millbrook McDonald’s has resulted in 31 police reported incidents in the past 12 months and I would suggest that the situation in Totton would be similar.”
He also cited the risk of accidents involving vehicles emerging from neighbouring Forest Park School, which caters for children with special educational needs.
Other objectors included Cllr Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council. He said the scheme was likely to result in extra traffic and warned of the potential danger to pupils.
A district council spokesman said the authority had yet to receive the new application.