City welcomes refusal of McDonalds development in Guildford

Published on 08 August 2017

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The City of Swan has welcomed the decision by the Metro East Joint Development Panel (JDAP) to refuse a development application (DA) to build a McDonald’s in Guildford.

The meeting, which was held today at the Midland Town Hall, included more than 20 deputations, before the panel handed down its unanimous decision.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright, who addressed the panel at the hearing, said the panel had made the logical decision.

“The community had a number of concerns about the development application and the affect it could have on the amenity of the area, particularly surrounding parking, traffic management, road safety and lack of heritage integrity,” he said.

“This application generated an immense amount of public interest, with 97% of respondents objecting to the development application,”

“The City also received three petitions opposing the development, which contained more than 7000 signatures.”

The City’s Responsible Authority Report, submitted to JDAP on August 3, also recommended the development application be refused on heritage and parking grounds.

Midland Guildford Ward Councillor Ian Johnson said today’s decision was a win for the community and the town of Guildford.

“I know this issue has been on the minds and in the hearts of a majority of the Guildford Community over the past five months,” he said.

“The town of Guildford has such an important history and heritage and it is vital that we try to protect it, which I feel has happened today,”

To read the JDAP minutes and decision in full (when available), click here.