NORTH Lanarkshire councillors have granted planning permission for a second drive-through branch of McDonald’s in Cumbernauld.

The proposed location for the new outlet is off Craiglinn Park Road, near the Broadwood Farm pub and carvery and the restaurant will feature 66 parking spaces.

Four objections were received in connection with the application. Concerns raised included the number of existing fast food premises in the town, particularly as this site is near St Maurice’s High School, road safety especially for pupils going to the restaurant, a general increase in traffic and congestion, and claims Craiglinn roundabout would need to be redesigned.

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Council officers responded by saying the number of outlets or impact on healthy eating were not valid planning considerations and that any road safety issues were not sufficiently impactful to warrant refusal.

The planning committee therefore unanimously agreed the recommendations without debate.