McDonald's hungry for new Yallah outlet

Multinational fast food giant McDonald’s has lodged plans to build another Illawarra outlet, less than 400 metres from Haywards Bay Hungry Jacks.

Proposed for a 5000 square metre block of land on the northbound side of the Princes Highway, the new Yallah McDonald’s would be a free-standing fast food diner with McCafe and drive-through operations.

The franchise would be a 24-hour outlet with a single entry and single exit point from Yallah Road, according to plans lodged with Wollongong City Council.

It would be 3.2 kilometres from Albion Park McDonald’s and six kilometres from the Dapto operation.

The Wollongong development control plan (DCP) requires a minimum of 400 metres between a proposed takeaway outlet and any existing takeaway premises.

According to the McDonald’s proposal, the Yallah site is just 390 metres from Hungry Jacks, but should be allowed as this is a ‘‘minor exceedance’’ of 10 metres.

‘‘As the Princes Highway geographically separates the two premises, a greater separation truly exists than that measured in a straight line between the two buildings,’’ the plans say.

‘‘Therefore it is proposed the existing [Hungry Jacks] premises will continue to attract people who live and work on the eastern side of the Princes Highway.’’

The Yallah McDonald’s – which would cover 518 square metres – should also be allowed to exceed the DCP’s ‘‘gross floor area’’ allowance of 100 square metres which applies to takeaway food and drink premises in industrial areas, the plans say.

‘‘It is considered that a variation to the DCP is acceptable in this instance as this control is aimed at small scale takeaway food and drink premises located within industrial estates.

‘‘Given the strategic location and unique nature of the site ... a larger takeaway food and drink premises is considered justifiable.’’

The new McDonald’s plans are on exhibition through the council’s website until October 3.