Fast-food giant has
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FAST-FOOD giant McDonald’s has revealed proposals for its ninth Sheffield restaurant – creating 65 jobs.

The chain already has restaurants at locations including the city centre, Meadowhall, Drake House, Hillsborough and Millhouses.

Now it is applying for permission to open a 24-hour branch on Handsworth Road, at Turner Business Park, Handsworth.

The development would include a 35-space car park, cycle parking and a drive-through facility.

McDonald’s said 35 full-time and 30 part-time jobs would be created at the restaurant.

The company has revealed it will be recruiting locally for the roles if planning permission is granted for the restaurant by Sheffield Council.

The company’s application said: “Consideration has been given to the countrywide drop in employment figures since 2008.

“Any jobs and investment locally would make a positive contribution to the social and economic value of the area.”

The proposed development site is currently vacant and next to where a new Aldi supermarket is being built, uphill from Asda.

Neighbouring homes and businesses have been sent letters informing them of the application.

One comment has been made so far by a member of the public.

Resident Arthur Lyons said: “The Handsworth area already has a number of take-away food outlets – pizza, fish and chips, kebab.

“These cause a significant litter problem which the council is unable to deal with effectively.

“I understand the plans are for 24/7 opening. This will attract people from across the city causing disturbance for the residents through the night.”

Statutory bodies consulted, including the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water, have not made any objections.

The council has set a deadline of Wednesday, October 31, for comments to be submitted for consideration during the planning process.

A date has not yet been set for when a decision will be made on the application.