Drive-thru takeaway to be built opposite three schools
FAST food giant McDonald's has been given the green light for a drive-thru restaurant opposite three schools in Greystones.
The plan for the 624sqm two-storey takeaway replaces an earlier application from McDonald's for a smaller restaurant.
Planners refused the original application for a 368sqm McDonald's following objections from the boards of managements of three nearby schools.
However, the controversial new proposal which has been approved covers a 1,114sqm development including a cafe, a health and fitness studio, commercial unit and drive-thru restaurant.
The initial permission from Wicklow County Council was appealed by the boards of management of Templecarrig Secondary School, Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath and the Greystones Educate Together, who have a roll of 1,800 children.
Minister of State Simon Harris originally objected to the scheme when it was before Wicklow County Council.
He said Minister for Justice Justice Frances Fitzgerald had stated that an exclusion zone for fast food restaurants around schools and playgrounds was under consideration to tackle the battle against obesity.
McDonald's Restaurant Ireland said the range of services it was providing would complete the Blacklion Centre and it is expected some 80 jobs will be provided in the development.