Somerset

Planners recommend refusal for McDonald's in Farrington Gurney

Former Little Chef site
Image caption The former Little Chef site has been empty for about 12 months

Plans to open a McDonald's restaurant in a village in Somerset have been recommended for refusal by a planning committee.

The fast food chain wanted to convert a former Little Chef on Bristol Road in Farrington Gurney.

The idea was met with strong opposition from the parish council, school and nearby residents.

A previous application by McDonald's was refused permission by the local authority last year.

Planning officers at Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) concluded that although the restaurant would create jobs, the economic benefits "would not override the substantial harm that would be caused to the living conditions of the residents on either side of the site".

They added that increased noise, traffic and "other disturbances" would cause "unacceptable harm to the amenity and living conditions of the adjoining residents".

A spokesman for McDonald's said the company was "very disappointed".

"Our proposal would have brought investment to the area and created at least 65 full and part-time jobs," he added.

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