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Nottingham Post
Jamie Barlow

When McDonald's and Greggs will open at retail park off the A52 in Edwalton

A new McDonald's will open next week at a retail park off the A52 in Edwalton, the fast food giant has confirmed.

It will create dozens of new jobs and officially open on Wednesday, December 16.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's said: "We’re all really excited to be opening a brand-new McDonald’s restaurant in Edwalton on Wednesday, December 16. This new restaurant has created 80 jobs in the local area.

"We’re looking forward to seeing our customers, new and old, enjoy the drive-thru and takeaway services.”

The site is located next to the Wheatcroft Island, on land between the A52 and Landmere Lane.

In November last year, Rushcliffe Borough Council's planning committee approved West Bridgford-based Henry Davidson Developments' £8m proposals for two drive-through outlets - set to be occupied by McDonald's and Costa.

A day nursery and three shops formed part of the plan, one of which will be a Greggs.

A spokeswoman for the bakery giant revealed when the new store was likely to open.

She said: "We are pleased to confirm that we’re opening a new shop in Edwalton early next year and look forward to welcoming customers soon.”

A 32-year-old man who lives nearby at the Edwalton Fields development, off the A606 Melton Road, raised concerns about the impact on traffic in the area triggered by the development.

The self-employed mortgage broker, who asked not to be named, said:  "You do not want it on your doorstep.

"Hopefully we are far enough away that it should not bother us too much but had we known about it we probably would not have moved here.

"We moved in in the July, there was a lot of objection to it from people locally.

"Just because of the fact it brings to the area the cars and the pressure on the roundabout, but also the smell that McDonald's gives off.

How part of the site is shaping up. (Nottingham Post)

"It's not nice to be opening your window to the smell of hash browns.

"I objected, I know a lot of people did as well, it fell on deaf ears, I think."

He added: "We are going to be potentially stuck on the roundabout trying to get in the same lane of traffic turning to go to McDonald's."

Councillor Jonathan Wheeler, who represents West Bridgford South on Nottinghamshire County Council for the Conservatives, said residents had contacted him raising concerns about noise and litter during the planning process.

He also explained local people did not have much by way of facilities in the area, adding: "We have to have this balance in an area, not just wall to wall housing.

"Hopefully a lot of local people have the opportunity to work there."

Land east and west of Melton Road was allocated in the borough council's local plan for around 1,500 homes as well as a community centre and other communal facilities.

In the summer, neighbours revealed what it was like to live in a vast new estate nearby.

Wider improvements are in the pipeline with work underway to build a £10m 315-place school and 39-place nursery.

Chris Wheatcroft, 86, landlord of the Notcutts Wheatcroft Garden Centre, in Landmere Lane, said: "Having granted that kind of housing, and housing density, you are going to almost encourage some form of convenience food outlets.

"There's a huge demand and I am sure with their research they have identified Edwalton as being a potentially very profitable location."

Leader of the borough council, Councillor Simon Robinson, said: "Obviously they have got full planning permission, I welcome them creating jobs.

"I hope that these well-known brands will contribute to the communities that we are building in Edwalton up there."

It comes after a project to build a Porsche showroom was approved in August while proposals for an Aldi store and care home were given the go-ahead last year.

Nottinghamshire Live has attempted to contact Costa for an update.

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