Plans to build a takeaway restaurant and drive-thru in Ulverston have been recommended for approval by town councillors.

Councillors showed their support for proposals to construct a McDonald’s on Oubas Hill, with nine voting in favour and two against.

A formal planning application for the takeaway restaurant was submitted to South Lakeland District Council in February.

Concerns have been raised over its potential impact on local businesses and the level of parking availability.

Councillor Colin Pickthall voted against the plans, citing environmental issues as a major concern.

He said: “I think it will cause serious traffic issues, including queues and pollution.

“I’m also concerned by the removal of the waste recycling area to build the restaurant.”

Cllr Pickthall also expressed his concerns on the restaurant’s impact on the town centre.

He said: “I think it will shift out people buying food within Ulverston.

“We may see students from Ulverston Victoria High School bypassing town and getting their lunch from McDonald’s.”

Cllr Paul Smith equally expressed his reservations.

He said: “I think there will be some detrimental impact on local trade but the vast amount of restaurants in the town rely on Friday and Saturday trade, whereas McDonald’s will be everyday.

“I think morning cafés will be impacted because McDonald’s offer a drive thru breakfast.”

The majority of councillors, however, showed their support for the restaurant plans.

Cllr Shirley-Anne Wilson said more residents contact her about this than any other issue.

She said: “I am here to represent the people’s views and the majority are for this.

“I also think it serves the carnival part of the population in providing cheap, fast food.

“We have to move with the times and respect the general consensus that is in favour of this.”

The final decision granting planning permission will be made by SLDC planners.