This post was first published by My London on 10/10/2019.
Plans for a Crystal Palace McDonald’s refused due to gang fears
Hundreds of people objected to the plans
After a more than 850 people objected plans for a McDonald’s to open in Crystal Palace have been rejected.
Croydon Council refused an application for the fast food giant to open a takeaway in Westow Street on Wednesday (October 9).
The plan was to open on the former site of Living Water Satisfies café, which used all of its profits to support women leaving refuge.
It closed in 2018 blaming high rental rates.
Overall 868 people objected to the proposal while 18 letters of support were received.
Many in Crystal Palace said they would not have objected if the plans were for a sit down restaurant.
However, it was for a McDonald’s To Go, a takeaway without much seating and no customer toilets. It also wanted to open for 24 hours a day.
Even the police objected to the plans saying the change of use was “likely to give rise to gang activity”.
It also said that anti-social behaviour would increase and there would be the potential for more crashes in the busy area, especially involving delivery scooters.
A report from Croydon Council’s planning department reads: “The application proposes a 24 hour use although the applicant has expressed a willingness to reduce these hours to between 6am-midnight.
“The creation of a hot food takeaway open late at night with little to no seating would vastly differ from the existing use of the premises as a café.
“The use would result in a significant increase in the number of customers coming and going to and from the site with associated vehicle trips.
“It is considered this is likely to cause noise and disturbance at antisocial hours. The need to consume food off the premises would likely increase littering and harm the quality of the environment.
“The police have expressed concerns that the use is likely to give rise to anti social behaviour and robbery in the immediate area.”