Winchester’s first Mcdonald’s drive-thru could soon arrive and create more than 65 new jobs, with plans submitted to City Council.

Currently Winchester has only one McDonald’s restaurant, in St George’s Street, but now one could come to be part of the Tesco car park, in Easton Lane.

The new restaurant is expected to create more than 65 new jobs, which McDonald’s is looking to recruit from the area.

Five planning applications have been submitted to Winchester City Council for various parts of the project.

These are: the construction of an independent restaurant with drive-thru, parking, landscaping and associated works, including customer order displays and a gaming setting; various site signage including four free standing signs, a Playland sign, an appendage to the existing Tesco directional sign and 30 dot signs; the installation of six fascia signs, three kiosk signs and a 15-inch digital kiosk sign; the installation of a McDonalds appendage to the existing Tesco monument sign; and the installation of two free-standing, internally lit totem signs.

The site will include a playground outside the restaurant and a 33-space car park.

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On the planning statement it said: ‘The site forms part of Tesco’s existing larger retail car park to the east of Winchester.

“The restaurant must maintain a strict protocol to ensure that noise and disturbances are kept to a minimum. All shift supervisors should receive sufficient conflict resolution training to ensure they can effectively deal with noise or anti-social behavior.

“There are no allocated sites in the center for a drive-through restaurant, and no suitable site. McDonald’s has explored the city center many times over the past few years and nothing is suitable or available. Much of the mall is pedestrianized, with other areas being one-way, limiting through traffic.

The planning statement explains how the new restaurant will help the local community through the McDonald’s Charitable Foundation.

He said: “Local McDonald’s franchisee Tony Bennett has helped provide 120 hours of free, safe and fun football sessions for local children in Winchester and across Hampshire throughout the summer. It’s part of McDonald’s long-term commitment to help grow grassroots football in our local communities.

“Tony Bennett and 36 crew members from nine of his restaurants, including Winchester on St George’s Street, recently joined forces to tackle litter in Hampshire and Dorset. This included going to local parks to spruce them up for summer vacation. This was one of twenty large-scale events Tony has hosted over the past five years, collecting over 400 bags of rubbish.

“In addition, fundraising events such as sponsored marathons and in-store raffles have raised over £11,000 for Ronald McDonald House Southampton. One such event was a talent competition called “Bennett’s Got Talent” – held at Winchester Guildhall.

Daily Echo: Site plan for a new McDonald's in Winchester, photo: Winchester City Council

No public objections to the plans have been submitted so far.

Planning applications are all available on the Winchester City Council planning website. The building code itself is 22/00230/FUL.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that we have submitted an application for a new drive-through restaurant in Winchester, with the proposed location being the underused parking area alongside Tesco. We look forward to advancing this application and believe that a new McDonald’s restaurant would bring significant investment to the local community and create at least 65 new jobs.

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