Plans for a new drive-thru McDonald’s in Aberdeen have been withdrawn just hours before they were due to be considered by councillors.
The controversial application was due to go before the city council’s planning committee later today.
It had been recommended for refusal by planning chiefs.
But the global fast food giant decided to remove the proposal ahead of the meeting.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “Following the recommendation of the council’s planning officer, we have taken the decision to withdraw the proposals and review the detail of the committee report before deciding how to proceed.”
McDonald’s had hoped to build the new restaurant on Ashgrove Road West.
The vacant former Rosehill Day Centre would have been knocked down to make way for the new drive-thru.
It would have created opportunities for more than 120 full and part-time jobs.
The new McDonald’s would have had seating for 76 diners.
And an outdoor play area had been included in the plan for youngsters to “climb and explore” during their visit.
Meanwhile, 50 car parking spaces had been proposed along with provision for motorbikes and bicycles.
But the proposals were met with dozens of objections from residents and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Ahead of the planning meeting, 86 people wrote to the council opposing the new restaurant.
They raised concerns about a potential increase in litter, traffic and unwanted pests.
Some were even worried about the impact the fast food restaurant would have on nearby school pupils.
The Scottish Ambulance Service had also objected to the plan.
It said that increased traffic in the area would have a “detrimental impact” on its response times to life-threatening callouts.
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