Former Brownhills Police Station should be razed to make way for McDonald’s

The old Brownhills Police Station building in Chester Road North, Brownhills. Photo: Google Maps

The old train station, on Chester Road North, is slated to be demolished for the fast food store as part of plans that would create around 65 jobs.

The site was closed in 2014 as part of the force’s cost-cutting measures and has remained empty since. It went on sale for £ 650,000 in January last year.

Now, Walsall’s council planning chiefs are expected to approve the proposal on Friday, after receiving nearly 300 letters of support and around 40 objections.

The report, which recommends that the plans be supported, said: “The proposal is for the erection of an independent McDonald’s restaurant with drive-thru at the former Brownhills Police Station.

“The proposal concerns both the sale of food and drink for consumption on and off the premises. The proposal includes 24/7 operation, a customer area with around 90 seats. Deliveries must have held about three times a week for about 15 -45 minutes.

“It has been shown that the proposed development is of generally acceptable appearance, would not result in damage to the natural or built environment. Overall, it is considered that the proposal would not have an undue impact on the comfort of occupants.

Letters of support cited the need for a McDonald’s in the area, the need for more local jobs, breathing new life into a redundant site and hope that the franchise will support local communities.

Objections raised include a suggestion that the site is “unsuitable for use” due to being surrounded by residential properties, increased traffic levels and congestion, concerns about litter, odors and a potential for antisocial behavior.

Before submitting the plans, the fast food chain said it consulted 150 neighboring residents for feedback and concerns raised were about noise and traffic.

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