Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Update on Planning Committee decision on Wallington McDonalds

Jayne, Alan and Colin celebrate after the meeting

Tonight the councillors on the Development Control  Committee unanimously refused the proposals for a two-storey McDonalds restaurant and drive-through on Stafford Road in Wallington.

There was a huge turnout of local people for the protest and around 200 people stayed for the duration of the meeting.


October 16, 2013 - Posted by | Information | ,


  1. Great decision. A highly-charged atmosphere inside the planning committee chamber and some brilliant speaking from both local residents and councillors resulted in the overthrow of this hideous proposal.
    David Berner

    Comment by David Berner | October 17, 2013 | Reply

  2. Well done and thank you to everyone and thank you Jayne for having the guts to come out against this from the get to. Also thank you for having your diary online, very helpful in organising etc.

    I live so close and don’t want to see my home trashed by McDonald’s. this is great news.

    Comment by Liam | October 17, 2013 | Reply

  3. Fantastic decisions, and a huge thank you to everyone who spoke aganst the application at the meeting, organised the protest, leaflets and posters. What happens now? Will McDonald’s appeal or submit a revised application. Andrew.

    Comment by Andrew | October 17, 2013 | Reply

    • Our friend Muhammad said he overheard The McDonalds reps saying, ‘Not to worry, we will appeal’. So it looks like the Battle will continue. However we have successful overcome the first obstacle.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | October 17, 2013 | Reply

      • I heard McDonald’s Planning Consultant say something to the Committee about “withdraw application”, but acoustics were very bad in room so not entirely sure what was said. Maybe the Minutes of meeting when published will make it clearer? Andrew.

        Comment by Andrew | October 17, 2013

      • The minutes are unlikely to be that detailed, however a sound recording of the meeting will be published on the council website in due course so we can check that.

        Comment by jaynemccoy | October 17, 2013

  4. Congratulations to the campaigners, although I still think its a bad decision. Are there any plans for the site now ? Anything is better than what we have surely.

    Comment by Steve Lewis | October 17, 2013 | Reply

    • No, an empty site is much better, safer and creates less pollution, noise, anti sociable behaviour than a McDonald does.

      It is a perfect place for new flats and would coincide with the governments new buyers incentives.

      It could also be a garage, as it was before which was convenient although there was traffic or perhaps it could just be nothing and rejuvenated by the local council with trees, benches etc.

      Comment by Liam | October 17, 2013 | Reply

      • Hmm I certainly wouldnt want trees and benches and public access to a site bordering my property. That WOULD be an ASB nest after dark. A garage would be handy but BP didnt seem to think theirs was viable.
        I believe the Council can be required to purchase the site under certain conditions when planning has been refused and perhaps build shops at street level and apartments above ? Anything’s better than nothing.

        Comment by Steve Lewis | October 17, 2013

      • Liam, there was a proposal 5 years ago for retail at the front and flats behind but we think the finance didn’t work out. We would have been overlooked to a certain extent but that would have been fine and in keeping with the site with the mixed usage. Although I love the idea of a small park!

        Comment by Alan Fitter | October 17, 2013

    • Steve, thanks for being so magnanimous – I know you were in favour of it and why. As someone whose house overlooks this ugly site, I would love for it be developed but it has to be the right development – and a two-storey drive through open almost 24 hours a day (including setting-up and clearing-up time) just isn’t right for the centre of a residential area.

      Comment by Alan Fitter | October 17, 2013 | Reply

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