McDonald’s Spring Farm gets the green light

Pictures: McDonald's via Camden Council
Pictures: McDonald's via Camden Council

You’ll soon be able to get your Big Mac fix in Spring Farm.

Camden councillors approved a new McDonald’s restaurant, which will be adjacent to the Spring Farm Shopping Centre at 243 Richardson Road, Spring Farm, at last night’s meeting.

The $3.9 million venue will be the seventh McDonald’s restaurant in Camden.

It was proposed to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however council staff recommended it should operate from 5am to 11pm.

Councillor Peter Sidgreaves said the recommended time was more appropriate for the site.

“I agree with the 5am to 11pm [operating hours], a 24-hour restaurant isn’t suitable in that location,” he said.

McDonald’s representative Rachel Hodge disagreed with the recommendation.

“We have 24/7 restaurants operating next to residential homes in places like Casula, Wallsend and Blaxland,” she said.

“We would prefer to have a 24-hour restaurant as originally requested in the development application.

“We already have a 24-hour restaurant in Emerald Hills.”

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the time restrictions were important in Spring Farm.

“Having a 24-hour McDonald’s next to neighbouring homes is not normal in the Camden local government area,” she said.

“The Emerald Hills restaurant has gone in before a lot of homes and the 24-hour restaurant in Mount Annan is in a town centre style setting.

“The recommended opening hours are more satisfactory.

“I think council officers and councillors have done their best to ensure this affects residents as little as possible.”

Concerns were also raised about the litter caused by fast food restaurants in other suburbs around Camden.

The new restaurant will include a drive-through facility with capacity for 12 vehicles and two waiting bays, a seating capacity of 76 customers and 34 car spaces including one motorcycle space.

Councillors also voted to reduce the McDonald’s signage on the new restaurant to fall in line with the region’s development control plan.

Last year Camden Council also approved a new KFC at 230 Richardson Road, Spring Farm – beside the proposed McDonald’s location.

KFC also wanted 24-hour operation, but this was reduced to 10am to 10pm.

The Advertiser has reached out to McDonald’s for comment.

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