Birkdale Fair McDonald's up for debate at Redland City Council meeting

UP FOR DEBATE: Officers recommended that council knock back the development application but councillors will make the final call next week.
UP FOR DEBATE: Officers recommended that council knock back the development application but councillors will make the final call next week.

REDLANDS councillors will make a call next week on a controversial development application for a McDonald's in the car park of a Birkdale shopping centre.

Officers have recommended that the application be knocked back.

The application was submitted to council last year for the drive-through restaurant to be built in the south-east corner of the car park at Birkdale Fair.

The development would see 68 parking spots removed to make way for the McDonald's building, but 87 more added behind the centre.

According to a council report, the site's new traffic design would not be safe enough for pedestrians.

The proposal would see one entry to the car park closed, which would increase traffic at the other entries.

The building would not look good from the street, the report said.

Local Action Birkdale - a group which has campaigned against the development - welcomed the officer's recommendation.

"This is great news for the local community and engenders some trust that the system can get it right, sometimes," group spokesman Stephen Sharry said in a statement.

Their main concerns included that the new building would disrupt traffic flow and force shoppers to make the "long, hot walk" from the main entrance to the new parks at the back of the centre.

But Birkdale Fair centre manager Ian McCosker told the Redland City Bulletin last year that a McDonald's restaurant would bring jobs to the community.

"(It would provide) an additional complimentary food offer to our centre that is available and easily accessible to our customer base after hours," he said.

Councillors will vote on the application on Wednesday, May 27.

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