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McDonald’s decision delayed

A decision on the proposed McDonald’s Restaurant and drive-through on land near the Morrison’s supermarket, off Wingfield Road in Beverley, has been delayed pending a site visit by East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors. The decision was taken at a committee meeting on Monday despite a recommendation from planning officers that the scheme should be approved, subject to conditions.

Since first being revealed the plan has sparked some controversy, with the council receiving 98 letters of objection and 35 in support. Objectors claimed the fast food outlet would create noise, traffic problems and litter and said there wasn’t a need for a McDonald’s in Beverley. Supporters backed the proposal saying the restaurant and drive through was needed and that it would create jobs.

McDonald’s say their plans will create 65 full and part-time jobs. The site visit and inspection is expected to take place next month ahead of a final decision on the proposal.

Meanwhile, an already established and popular Beverley restaurant, Rebels Smokehouse in Butcher Row, has announced it is to close in early January after four years. The owners made the announcement on Facebook on Monday before confirming that the restaurant will be completely refitted and reopened in a new guise. “It will be replaced by something new, exciting and shiny,” the announcement said, although they were remaining tight-lipped about exactly what that is. “It’s a surprise,” the Facebook message said. Rebels Smokehouse will close on January 2nd.