A ROW over parking spaces and opening hours at a city McDonald’s will have to be decided by An Bord Pleanála.
The Irish operation of the multinational fast-food chain was refused permission for nine additional parking spaces and one hour extended opening hours from 7am to midnight by Cork City Council planners in July at its restaurant on the Kinsale/Tramore Road in Ballyphehane.
The chain has argued that the proposals would service big events such as summer concerts at Musgrave Park.
However, residents had lodged an objection against the planning application which centred around safety concerns and disturbances to local houses.
They argued that a mulch area to be removed as part of the planning is a buffer zone between the car park and the busy road and claimed headlights from cars at night time in the existing car park shine onto the junction and cause danger to drivers on the main road.
It was suggested that an increase in traffic would cause greater risk.
The objection also stated that activity at the restaurant is not confined to the current opening hours, due to deliveries and staff arriving and leaving, and extending retail times would lead to a further period where engine noise, roll cages, fridge units and warning beepers cause noise and interference to local residents.
They also claimed that residents are affected by rubbish generated by the current site operation and smells from the site are a “constant nuisance”.
CIty Hall planners had said that the scale and nature of the development of extra parking spaces would have a negative impact on traffic safety and would result in excessive traffic congestion and would contravene the City Development Plan. They also said the extended opening hours would “seriously injure” amenities and devalue the value of property in the area.
The application was refused on this basis.
Now, McDonald’s has appealed the decision and it will now be decided by a An Bord Pleanala inspector by February of next year.