Fast food opposition grows

OPPOSITION is mounting against the unspecified 24-hour fast food restaurant proposed for the corner of Burnett and George Sts at New Norfolk. A group calling itself Residents Against Inappropriate Development is lobbying against the proposal; a petition has been started; and a Facebook group has been created.

Developer Humana Pty Ltd has applied to the Derwent Valley Council to build a 24-hour fast food restaurant and takeaway with a 16-car drive-through. Humana has not specified who will operate the restaurant but most community attention has been focused on McDonald’s. The RAID group objects on the following grounds:

  • Adverse impact on streetscape and historic character of New Norfolk (directly opposite entrance to Willow Court).
  • Noise and air pollution generated by vehicles idling in drive-through bays adjoining heritage-listed buildings and opposite residences.
  • Increased litter in surrounding area and wider New Norfolk.
  • Lower property values for nearby residents.
  • Lack of 24-hour policing in New Norfolk.
  • Possible loss of local family businesses.
  • Contribution to the “obesity epidemic”.

Planning documents relating to the development are on display for public comment at the Derwent Valley Council Chambers. Written submissions close this Thursday, February 3.

A representative of the RAID group wishes it to be known that the group is not the originator of the Facebook page.

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