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McDonalds goes Dutch, again.
A renewed battle to save one of the area’s landmark historic pubs is in prospect
as McDonald’s has again set its sights of the Dutch House.

A modified plan has been submitted by the international
burger giant promising a 166 seat restaurant with outdoor seating area and drive-through facilities,
employing 65 full and part-time staff.

Their bid last year was turned down by Greenwich Council because of the
loss of drinking and dining facilities for local people and potential problems of noise and traffic.

Local MP Clive Efford led a campaign of regulars, joined by real ale fanatics CAMRA against loss of
the unique 1930s watering hole, which stands on the A20 Sidcup By-pass
approaching the Clifton roundabout.

Although not appealing the decision, McDonalds say they have taken account of concerns
over the external appearance of their proposals. They are also clearly threatening to appeal any
repeat rejection by Greenwich Council’s planners.

McDonalds told SEnine: “Any jobs and investment locally would make a positive
contribution to the social and economic value of the area.”

They say that the introduction of McDonald’s new colour palette of khaki green
and walnut would visually complement the existing building.

“In utilizing the existing public house, McDonald’s recognize the sensitive nature
of the building. Minor alteration to the built form, protect and enhance the site
and surrounding area and improve its setting within the surrounding area”, they added.

McDonalds say that the current operators are making a loss and that the site
is unviable for a pub/diner, only being currently kept open under an
agreement between themselves and owners Stonegate.

In considering the design principles for this development, McDonald’s say
their design team have taken into account the local environment.

But they say that the internal design concept would create a bright, lively,
modern and contemporary feel for visitors to the restaurant which echoes
McDonald’s brand image of a modern restaurant facility.

The proposals would seek to achieve a high quality development which
will make a positive visual contribution to the local area

A Greenwich Council spokesman said that the previous proposals
had been on the grounds that it would result in the loss of a much-loved
established community facility, significantly increase noise and traffic in
the area and that the plans for signage were excessive and out of
keeping with the character of this historic building.

Proposals by Lidl to demolish the derelict Porcupine pub in Mottingham
to make way for a supermarket were turned down last year by Bromley Council.
A renewed bid is also expected from the fast-expanding German discount chain.

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