McDonald's and council issue update on plans for new 24-hour restaurant in Sheffield

McDonald's are still in negotiations with council planners to open a new 24-hour restaurant in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 3:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 3:16 pm
McDonald's are hoping to build a site in Ecclesfield

An application was submitted in May 2016 to build new 24-hour site on the junction with The Common and Green Lane, Ecclesfield on the now empty South Yorkshire Police training centre.

The global fast-food giant says will create 75 jobs and building firms and suppliers would be 'chosen from Ecclesfield and the surrounding areas'.

The former South Yorkshire Police training centre on The Common in Ecclesfield

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But the plans have sparked fierce opposition from nearby residents, Ecclesfield Parish Council, ward councillors and Penistone & Stocksbridge MP, Angela Smith.

Over 160 people have formally objected - one person said they supported the plans but live in S2.

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Nearby businesses have also raised concerns surrounding an impact on trade.

Proposed drawings of the planned McDonald's in Ecclesfield

McDonald's were also accused of 'dirty tricks' after drafting in a top PR agency to drum up support on the doorstep of neighbouring suburbs of Parson Cross and Southey.

Ninety letters of support were handed back to people canvassing in the two suburbs, whereas only a handful of those living in Ecclesfield supported the proposal during the PR firm’s drive.

The Star understands Sheffield Council are awaiting a response from McDonald's on the proposed plans for traffic and highways management.

But the local authority hasn't heard anything back for several months.

The former South Yorkshire Police training centre on The Common in Ecclesfield

Council planning chiefs are said to be concerned with the current proposal as it stands in terms of traffic and road management.

The road itself is the main bus route into Sheffield city centre and serves the Northern General Hospital.

A council spokesperson said: “We are waiting for the applicants to provide more information before we can consider this further.”

McDonald's told The Star the application was still underway and was currently 'under review'.

Proposed drawings of the planned McDonald's in Ecclesfield