A fast food giant has withdrawn plans to create a new drive-thru restaurant in the north-east.
McDonald’s had submitted plans to build a single-storey establishment on Blackhall Road in Inverurie.
The restaurant, which was expected to create up to 65 full-time and part-time positions, would have been situated next to Morrisons in the town.
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s said: “We can confirm that the planning application has been withdrawn.
“We remain committed to the town and will liaise further with the local authority and the local community with a view to amending our plans and re-submitting at a later date.”
Questions over the planning application were raised by the area’s community council.
Issues surrounding traffic congestion, the removal of public art in the area – specifically the A Flying Visit sculpture created by renowned artist Helen Denerley on the Morrisons site – and litter have been raised.
Secretary of Inverurie Community Council John Smith said: “We discussed this application on two occasions and sadly concluded (we) must object to the proposal on the grounds that there is insufficient detail in the application.”
The community council had also raised concerns the plans could lead to trees in the surrounding area being chopped down.
Planning documents said: “The proposal consists of a freestanding single-storey restaurant with associated drive-thru, car parking, landscaping and associated works.
“Pedestrian access has also been accounted for with a new entrance generated from the B9170 into the south-west corner of the site.
“The council would like to see compensation for the removal of some of the existing trees on site. The proposal will contribute to the overall vitality and viability of Inverurie. Not only will 65 full and part-time jobs be generated, but the proposal has been designed with sustainability and longevity in mind.
“Vehicles will enter to the north of the site, and circulate the building clockwise to the south where the drive-thru booths are located.
“Disabled bays have been located as close to the restaurant access as possible to ensure walkability to and from the restaurant.”