Permanent 24/7 appeal after McDonald’s trial

Nigel Dunnington at Leyland's McDonald's, which he wants to be able to operate 24/7 on a permanent basis

Nigel Dunnington at Leyland's McDonald's, which he wants to be able to operate 24/7 on a permanent basis

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McDonald’s is applying for a permanent 24/7 operating licence after a successful trial period in Leyland.

In October last year, South Ribble Council’s planning committee gave approval for the restaurant in Churchill Way to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a 12-month test period.

Concerns were raised from the community and police last year that the move would result in anti-social behaviour.

But franchisee Nigel Dunnington is set to go before the council once again, as he is requesting that the permission be granted permanently.

He said: “The people in the restaurant remain committed to being a good and responsible neighbour.

“Whatever our opening hours, my team and I will continue to work closely with the members of the community and the authorities to ensure we make a positive impact on the area and address any concerns that may arise.”

The case is due to go back before the council’s planning committee for consideration.

But supporting documents submitted by Savills Commercial Planning, on behalf on McDonald’s, read: “The proposed hours of operation of the restaurant are now ‘tried and tested’.

“We are not aware of any disturbance or formal complaints that have been raised in respect of the extended hours of operation during the temporary period.

“It follows that there are no reasons why the extended hours cannot now be made permanent.”