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McDonald's is pushing to go ahead with its Oakham restaurant

Fast food giant McDonald's is pushing ahead with its Oakham restaurant.

A planning application has been submitted to Rutland County Council, after public consultation in May.

The 372m2 restaurant with drive-thru is planned for a 4,461m2 site at Lands End Way.

There would be parking for more than 50 vehicles.

Thirty-five full-time and 30 part-time jobs are promised.

The application stated: “The McDonald's planning team now feel that Oakham has a suitable size to justify a restaurant.”

The company said that 394 people attended the public consultation on May 22, which showed 60 per cent either supported a McDonald's in Oakham, or they were neutral.

Some 63 per cent backed the jobs the restaurant would bring, plus sponsorship opportunities for local sports clubs. But residents had concerns about litter and traffic.

The site on undeveloped land is close to new developments including Aldi, BP and Marks and Spencer.

The application added Oakham town centre had no suitable alternative sites.

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