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An artist’s impression of the proposed outlet in Guildford.
An artist’s impression of the proposed outlet in Guildford.

The leafy streets of historic Guildford could soon be home to a sign of our times — a 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant.

Plans have been submitted to the City of Swan for a McDonald’s drive-through directly behind the Guildford Hotel, on land used as the pub’s carpark.

Local opposition has been growing after it emerged the fast-food giant had lodged its plans on Tuesday.

Councillor Ian Johnson, a ward councillor for Guildford/Midland, said he had concerns the restaurant could cause a parking shortage and that the building design would look out of place.

“What I’m hearing from the community so far is that most are dead against it,” he said.

“Some are saying that it might be better than a five-storey block of flats. If you look at the plans, in my opinion, it does not fit.”

Cr Johnson said removing land used for the pub carpark, which was full on weekend nights, would cause parking problems. He said the building’s facade, which he described as “grey concrete”, did not go well with the residential street.

Plans for a seven-storey apartment block on the site generated so much local opposition the site was rezoned for developments up to five storeys.

An application report said McDonald’s had taken Guildford’s heritage into account and used a different design approach to its standard store design.

“The proposed development is sympathetic and respectful of the site’s unique and historic context,” it said. “The bespoke design solution to respond to the context of the site results in a McDonald’s fast-food outlet well above and beyond the national standard.”

City of Swan acting chief executive Jim Coten said the application was on the council’s website and open for public consultation until April 17. “Once the public comment period closes, all submissions received will form part of the City’s assessment,” Mr Coten said.

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