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VIDEO: McDonald's given go-ahead for Golden Arches sign at Stuston

The proposed McDonald's sign, hidden by mature trees
The proposed McDonald's sign, hidden by mature trees

A 12-metre tall McDonald's Gold Arches sign has been approved for the planned drive-thru in Stuston.

Mid Suffolk planners have given the go-ahead for the totem-style sign which features the company's famous motif next to the restaurant at the A140 and A143 roundabout.

The fast food-chain did have permission for the sign - but at a location further back in the development.

But the company applied again in January to bring the sign closer to the roundabout.

Scole, Brome and Oakley parish councils, and Stuston Parish Meeting had objected on grounds the sign is "more suited to an urban environment" and that the ecology and surrounding landscape will "suffer from an illuminated sign of this size and height".

Brome and Oakley Parish Council had also objected to the height of the planned sign and argued illustrations of the site showing mature trees screening it were not accurate.

The restaurant is part of a new service station which was approved by Mid-Suffolk District Council in June 2018.

The BP filling station, including an M&S Simply Food outlet, opened last month, and saw more than 1,000 customers on its first day.

The purple and red dots indicate the change in location of the sign
The purple and red dots indicate the change in location of the sign

Work has yet to start on the planned McDonald's with company simply saying it is "committed to coming."

M&S Simply Food is run on a franchise basis by BP.

It is unclear if the franchise deal for Macdonalds has been agreed.

Power supply issues dogged the opening period of the service station and food outlet with generators used to maintain supply.

In a report planning officers stated the sign location would not result in significant harm to residential properties due to the existing street lighting and proposed screening.

It added: "The proposal is not considered to result in significant harm with regards impact on visual amenity and the countryside and landscape character and quality of the locality."

The planned sign design
The planned sign design

You can watch the decision being made here:

MacDonald's has been approached for comment.

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