Plans for a 24-hour fast food restaurant in Aberdeen have been rejected.
Kemble Estates wanted to create the drive-thru on the site of the former Peugeot showroom on Broadfold Road – near the existing McDonald’s restaurant in Bridge of Don.
The application was rejected by planners citing traffic problems.
It was reported in the Evening Express road chiefs claimed more than 100 vehicles every hour would use the 24-hour drive-thru.
City council planners also feared customers going to McDonald’s would instead use the car park of the proposed restaurant before crossing the road to go into the fast-food chain’s premises.
An appeal has been lodged with the planning department by developers. It is not yet clear who the operator of the restaurant would be but the site would contain a drive-thru lane, outdoor seating and a car park with 39 spaces.
The decision notice said: “The proposed development would result in the introduction of a ‘bad-neighbour’ development to the site, in the form of a fast food restaurant and associated drive-thru.
“By its very nature, the main focus of such a use is typically to serve and attract passing trade, and in particular, given the site location, this would be in the form of vehicular users of the main arterial route from which the site is accessed, the A956 Ellon Road.”
However, Halliday Fraser Munro, on behalf of Kemble Estates, has lodged an appeal and claimed that its site would help congestion on the road.
It read: “The council’s roads team has expressed concerns in relation to ‘over-trading’ at the adjacent McDonald’s unit, which occasionally leads to illegal parking and queuing of vehicles out of the car park and on to Broadfold Road at peak times. The proposed car park could be utilised for linked trips to both restaurants, and that there may be leakage from the existing restaurant to the proposed.
“Both solutions would lead to less queuing at McDonald’s.”