By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 13:09 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 16:23 GMT, 7 January 2020
Residents in Rutland could soon be able to enjoy a McDonald's if the local council grants the fast food giant permission to build a new drive-tru restaurant on the outskirts of Oakham
Planners have given their approval to open a MacDonald's in the only county in England not to have a branch of the fast-food giant.
Rutland County Council officers are recommending the authority's planning committee approve to the 24/7 drive-through on the outskirts of Oakham at its meeting next Tuesday.
McDonald's says the 94-cover restaurant would create 65 jobs.
Planning officers say it would not have an adverse impact on neighbouring homes or the character of the surrounding area.
The planners' recommendation states: 'The proposed development would be sited on land allocated for employment uses (and) is considered acceptable.
'It would not have an adverse impact on neighbouring residential amenities and/or the character of the surrounding area.
'This application is being reported to the committee as the proposed development would be contrary to adopted local plan policies and represent a departure from the adopted local plan, however the proposals would provide an employment generating use on the site.'
After the application was advertised, 78 representations were received both in support of and objecting to the proposed development. Of these, 55 objected and 23 supported the development.
The McDonald's would be built near an industrial and business park close to the town's bypass road.
Currently the nearest