Proposal to build near McDonald’s abandoned

McDonalds HastA PROPOSAL to use land next to the M11-A414 junction at Hastingwood as a waste site has been abandoned, North Weald Bassett Parish Council has been told.

The parish council says it welcomes the decision after it branded the idea “completely unacceptable”.

Essex County Council had suggested that the green belt land next to the McDonald’s restaurant could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins, speaking last July when the parish council considered the proposal, said the use – near housing, St Clare Hospice, Harlow Garden Centre and the McDonald’s restaurant – was “completely unacceptable”.

The parish council had feared the waste use could have seen eight lorries entering and exiting the site every hour every day of the year.

Epping Forest District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee had said the plan should be rejected amid concerns that the use would increase traffic congestion around the junction 7 roundabout.

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