Work starts on Cornwall’s newest McDonald’s

Fast food lovers in a Cornish town are set for an early Christmas present after construction began on McDonald’s newest outlet.

The chain confirmed that the new restaurant at Bodmin Retail Park on Launceston Road in Bodmin is set to open by the end of 2021.

It will be located in a part of the car park of the retail park, which includes Homebase, Pets at Home, Halfords and will soon include a new Snap Fitness gymnasium which is set to open opposite the fast-food restaurant.

McDonald’s says it will create 65 new jobs and in the Bodmin community.

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A spokesperson for McDonald’s confirmed that construction had begun and that it hoped it would be open by the end of the year. They said: “We are pleased that work on a new McDonald’s Restaurant in Bodmin has now begun.

“The restaurant will create at least 65 jobs, and we are excited to be progressing with this opportunity and the significant investment it will bring to the local community. We hope to open the restaurant towards the end of 2021.”

Leigh Frost, Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin St Petroc’s, welcomed the start of construction. He said: “I am pleased to see the new McDonalds start construction in Bodmin and I look forward to the new employment opportunities their arrival will bring to Bodmin.

“I look forward to welcoming them as part of the Bodmin community and would like to note that throughout the planning process, they actively worked to address the concerns that I raised on the behalf of nearby residents, it is a testament to what working together can achieve to get the right result for everyone.”

Barriers line the site of the hotly anticipated new McDonald's restaurant as construction begins
Barriers line the site of the hotly anticipated new McDonald’s restaurant as construction begins
(Image: Aaron Greenaway/Cornwall Live)

While McDonald’s arriving in Bodmin has been hotly anticipated and called for by some locals over the years, the confirmation in January that it was set to arrive had raised some concerns from residents of nearby estates regarding litter and noise.

Their concerns led to conditions in the planning permission granted by Cornwall Council to include opening hours of 6am until midnight, as opposed to 24 hours seen elsewhere, the implementation of an effective litter plan and the requirement to have a security barrier put in place to prevent access to the site in the hours the restaurant is closed.

In addition, there will be the implementation of some landscaping to create a natural sound barrier to minimise the impact of the noise from the restaurant, which was also required to implement restrictions on the noise level of machinery used in the construction process and the impact of odour on nearby residents.

Two dozen residents objected to the proposals with Bodmin Town Council also stating its objections. In a submission during the planning process, it said on behalf of its planning committee: “Bodmin Town Council considers that the proposed site is not wholly appropriate for this type of venture. The council has listened to the concerns raised by residents in the vicinity of the site and considers that the potential for noise nuisance, littering and increased vehicle movements at unsociable hours would prove unacceptable.

“The council is concerned that a significant increase in vehicle movements would not only increase the opportunity for conflict between drivers manoeuvring with higher frequency in a reduced area, but that would also increase pressure on the junction with the A389 and create the potential for cars seeking to utilise the existing retail offering attempting to park on the A389 itself or in nearby residential streets.

“Bodmin Town Council also considers that the proposal appears to be at odds with the principles stated in the Cornwall Local Plan… The council considers that this application would be far more suited to an alternative location closer to the main arterial routes and away from residential areas.”

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