McDONALD’S has been given the go ahead to serve up food and jobs on the outskirts of Bognor Regis.
The fast food giant has received planning approval to open a two-storey outlet on Oldlands Way next to the A29.
The company is known to be keen to knock down the empty offices on the site and build its restaurant and drive through premises.
Planning permission was given by Arun District Council. Susan Leeson, one of its planning officers, said in a report: “The change of use from a vacant building to a restaurant and drive through creating 65 full and part-time jobs is considered to be of benefit to the local economy.
“It is considered that the modern building will enhance the visual appearance of this corner site which provides a welcoming gateway to Bognor.”
The new McDonald’s is likely to have a capacity of 115 customers inside and outside.
Its location on the Southern Cross Industrial Estate means it will not cause any nuisance to neighbouring housing.
The site is also opposite a KFC outlet and a short distance away from a Burger King.
It is also close to the new Sainsbury’s store and other out-of-town stores to make it likely the customers of the McDonald’s will be visiting several places in one journey.
This meant the impact of any extra traffic heading to the new branch would be minimal on the current roads even when the new Bognor relief road nearby was completed, said Mrs Leeson.
She added the existence of the new restaurant was unlikely to affect the existing town centre McDonald’s in the High Street. Its customers would mainly come from passing traffic and the surrounding sites.
Any fears about the loss of office space at a time when the council was trying to protect such premises were also groundless because the current building had been empty for several years.
No objections to the proposals by McDonald’s were received by the district council. Bersted Parish Council welcomed the scheme for bringing a new business to the area.