In Summer 2019 some rather odd plans were submitted for a drive-through bank to be constructed where McDonald’s currently resides in Charlton.
Metro Bank were looking to open, and plans were approved by Greenwich Council in November 2019.
Since then little has happened. It seemed odd Mcdonald’s would leave a site. That rarely if ever happens. Fast forward and a plan has now gone in to rebuild the McDonalds.
It’s in the exact same spot amid a retail park off Bugsby’s Way. Maybe this is chance to make some modest improvements for pedestrians, or another chance to ignore it?
Pedestrians are supposed to take a meandering route to reach the site from parts of Bugsby’s Way. Evidence has long shown people take the shortest route from A to B, rather than what a Highways Engineer in the 1980s thought they’d take. The area needs reworking. In 2017 the area actually saw fencing installed nearby to limit pedestrian movement while failing to address glaring errors in design and pedestrian movement.
McDonald’s state in their application: “The existing building is suffering from subsidence and therefore needs to be replaced with new foundations.
Whilst the principle of the development is established, the proposal also seeks improvements to the overall operation, introducing a side-by-side drive-thru lane, allowing for an improved drive-thru experience.”
So that’s more space for vehicles, but what about people?