McDonald’s hoping to find new location for drive-thru in north-east town

Plans for a McDonald’s drive-thru in Inverurie were withdrawn in 2018
Plans for a McDonald’s drive-thru in Inverurie were withdrawn in 2018

A fast food giant hasn’t given up hope on plans to create a new drive-thru restaurant in a north-east town.

McDonald’s had submitted plans to build a single-storey establishment in Inverurie in December 2017.

However, the proposals for the eatery on Blackhall Road were withdrawn from Aberdeenshire Council four months later.

A spokeswoman for the fast food chain said in April last year the firm would be looking to amend its plans and resubmit them.

The company has confirmed to the Evening Express that it is no longer looking to create the facility next to the Morrisons supermarket car park.

However, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s said it was still looking to “explore opportunities” around Inverurie.

Questions over the planning application were raised by the area’s community council.

It included issues surrounding traffic congestion and the potential removal of public art – specifically the A Flying Visit sculpture created by renowned artist Helen Denerley.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “We are not looking to pursue this application, but we continue to explore alternative opportunities in the area.”

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Meanwhile, the firm has continued its plans to open its first restaurant in Fraserburgh.
The burger chain submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council for the facility on Watermill Road.

It will be located next to the town’s Asda supermarket and if approved will create 65 jobs for the area.

McDonald’s is also awaiting a decision for another drive-thru facility. The proposed outlet, beside the Arnhall Business Park in Westhill, would be close to Aberdeen FC’s under-construction Kingsford Stadium.

Planning documents submitted with the Westhill application said 65 jobs would be created.

The deadline for public comments about that outlet has now passed, with 72 letters being submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.

The local authority’s website shows there were 42 objections while 30 were in support.