McDonalds wants to open a drive-thru on the site of former Leeds pub

McDonalds wants to open a new drive-thru in Leeds.

The proposed new McDonalds is on the site of the former Old Red Lion pub in Whinmoor, and you can have your say on the proposal.

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The site has been noted as ‘ideal’ for a drive-thru, noting that the site of the previously-occupied public house has remained vacant for a number of years, and would be demolished as part of the process.

The plans proposed for the locally franchised McDonalds also include:

  • A new McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant, including indoor and outdoor seating for customers.
  • 38 new parking spaces for customers, including two accessible spaces and two Electric Vehicle Charging Point spaces.
  • Cycle parking spaces will also be provided.
  • Recycling and waste facilities across the site to encourage disposal of waste.
  • Landscaping and new tree planting.

The interior design would be uniform and match the style of the fast food restaurants across the country.

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The suggested opening hours of the restaurant would be 6am – 11pm, and will employ around 120 people, with varying part-time and full-time jobs available.

It is also listed in the benefits that ‘if approved, the new drive-to restaurant will generate around £60,000 in business rates each year, a proportion of which will be retained by Leeds City Council to help fund key local services’.

Part of the planning applications explains that the ‘the restaurant will be accessed via an upgraded junction on York Road, with signage to be installed and a new turning lane’.

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Locals are encouraged to have their say on the new plans on a dedicated McDonalds Consultation website here.

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