Plans Lodged for New Hexham McDonalds

Plans have been lodged for a new job-creating McDonald’s restaurant in Hexham.

Union Property Development is seeking the go-ahead from Northumberland County Council for the construction of the new drive-thru site, located to the west of Alemouth Road.

The site currently benefits from planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, including a new food store and hotel, along with outline permission for A1 to A4 units and for two class E retail in units.

The outline retail element of the proposal will not be progressing, with Union proposing to replace these with the new McDonald’s.

The proposed single-storey restaurant will provide approximately 110 seats for customers to eat within the restaurant, with take-away available from both the counter and the drive-thru lane. The plans also include the provision of 30 dedicated car parking spaces.  

It is estimated that the proposal will create 65 jobs upon completion.

Measuring approximately 5.5 acres, the Alemouth Road site is vacant land, located to the north and north east of the Tesco store and Bristol Street Motors Garage in Hexham.

It is known as ‘Bunker Site’ as it was once home to a large cold store that was converted by the government into a nuclear bunker in the 1980s, which has since been demolished.

A statement filed with the council on behalf of the applicant said: “The site represents an appropriate location for a drive-thru restaurant, which will be well placed to offer refreshments to passing customers and those in the surrounding area.”