[By Sue Bolton] Moreland City Council has received a planning permit application (Number MPS 2013/795) for the construction of a Hungry Jack’s convenience restaurant and drive through, to be built on the eastern side of the Shell Service Station at 336-346 Bell Street Pascoe Vale South, opposite McDonalds.
What is proposed?
- The convenience restaurant and drive-through will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The restaurant will have 20 seats.
- The open drive-through vehicle queue will start along the northern boundary next to the narrow bluestone lane (off Sussex Street) and turn right to follow the eastern boundary to Bell Street and will accommodate well over 8 cars at a time.
- Seven new illuminated signs and a height restriction bar over 3 metres high at the start of the drive through.
- There will be no increase in the current 10 car spaces for the convenience store and garage with the construction of the new 20 seat convenience restaurant on the site.
Lodge an objection now
Although the planning application public notification period is finished, it is still not too late to lodge an objection with Moreland Council. Objections can be submitted until a council decision is made at the Urban Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday May 28. However, it would be preferably to submit objections before May 22.
Objections to the proposal should say how you think the construction of a Hungry Jack’s restaurant and drive through will affect you. You should consider how the McDonald’s already impacts you and estimate the additional impact of a Hungry Jack’s. It may help you to read the following checklist and select what seems relevant to you:
- More rubbish on the footpaths, nature strips, or on your property.
- More smell or odour from fast food cooking.
- More sleep disturbance, due to hearing the noise of cars and patrons on, entering or exiting the fast food sites and in our local neighbourhood.
- More observations of or involvement in vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian accidents or near misses at the intersection.
- More traffic delays at the intersection at peak times, which coincide with the drive through breakfast, dinner and lunch trade.
- Vehicle parking overflow in Sussex and Soudan Streets.
- Increased fear in walking past the sites at night and avoidance of the sites.
- If a permit for 24 hour trading is granted to Hungry Jack’s in a residential area, then a precedent will be set and McDonalds may seek to increase their “restaurant” and drive through trading hours too.
- A general loss of individual and /or neighbourhood amenity and value.
Please mail your objection to Mr A Vatzakis, Principal Urban Planner, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058 or deliver it to the Municipal Offices 50 Bell Street Coburg. Remember to include your name and address, the application number MPS 2013/795 and the site address: 336-346 Bell Street Pascoe Vale South.