The new McDonald's unit surrounded by gates and vans

By Jamie Lopez Stand Up For Southport

McDonald’s has moved one step closer to opening its new Southport restaurant after receiving planning permission for new signage.

The fast food giant is set to open its latest site in the former Royal Doulton unit next to Costa Coffee at Central 12 Retail Park. The former shop has been empty for more than a decade.

McDonald’s had originally wanted to open the new eatery 24 hours a day but revised the hours to 6am-11pm after feedback from neighbours. It is due to open on July 17.

Although it has permission to change the use of the building, it still needed approval for new signage on the front, including its traditional ‘Golden Arch’ logo. A report submitted with the latest planning application, which has now been approved, stated: “The proposed signage is appropriate in this location and forms part of McDonald’s works to convert this long-term vacant unit into a restaurant.

“The proposals would have no adverse impact on visual amenity or the character of the area, and overall, it is considered that the signage would make a positive contribution to the vitality of Central 12 Retail Park.

Last month, Central 12’s owners announced a new policy of two hours’ free parking. LCP, part of M Core, bought the retail park in a deal believed to be worth £27 million in May 2023. It then took over control of the car park and said it intends to invest in its development “to make it more attractive to existing and new businesses and a more diverse customer base”.


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