Gillieston Heights residents could soon be 'loving it' with a development application for a McDonald's lodged with Maitland Council.
The fast food giant has proposed the new 88 dining area capacity restaurant, including a McCafe, at 353 Cessnock Road.
As part of the preparation of a statement of environment effects, representatives for McDonald's met with Maitland Council staff for a pre-development application meeting on February 9.
The statement of environment effects, prepared by Elton Consulting, said a number of issues were raised over the proposal plans for the fast food restaurant - which will operate 24 hours, seven day a week.
"A range of issues were raised in relation to the development," the statement said.
"Broadly, these included key issues for the entire site and a few key issues for the McDonald's DA Site, such as: Traffic access to the site, height and location of the retaining walls close to the road, signage [and] hours of operation."
As part of the proposal, the restaurant will be made up of two drive-thru lanes and a car park accommodating 44 spaces, including one accessible space. Additionally, two staff parking spaces and two waiting bays for the drive through facility are provided.
There are approximately 985 McDonald's operations Australia wide, the majority of which are either owned or operated by members of the local business community.
"Considerations have been made about the potential environmental impacts relating to the proposed development," the statement read.
"The potential impacts relating to light, noise, crime prevention, social and economic impacts, visual impacts can be managed and mitigated through design, operational protocols, and opportunities made available to the site.
"There is strong strategic merit to the development of the site, with the site's designation as future neighbour centre uses.
"The proposed McDonald's operation brings to the neighbour centre a well-known, established food and beverage operator that anchors the corner site for long-term operation."
The development application was submitted to Maitland council last month, and will be on public exhibition until September 23 for the local community to give feedback.
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