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$4.5 million McDonald’s restaurant planned for Westbury Road, Prospect Vale

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Concept images of the proposed Prospect Vale McDonald's outlet. Image / Albus & Co

McDonald’s is planning to build a new $4.5 million restaurant in Launceston’s Prospect Vale, adding to their list of 16 existing stores across Tasmania.

The fast food giant has lodged a development application with the Meander Valley Council for the new store on Westbury Road, just 5km from the CBD.


It would be the fourth McDonald’s in Launceston and, according to the application, would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The proposed restaurant on the site of what was once ‘Jim’s Roadhouse’ will feature a drive-thru with two lanes, 45 on-site car parking spaces and six bicycle spaces.

Concept images of the proposed Prospect Vale McDonald’s outlet. Image / Albus & Co

“The proposal should be supported because the convenience restaurant use is ‘as of right’ and is appropriate having regard to the site’s location in a General Business Zone and within an establish commercial precinct and an urban growth corridor,” the application states.

“The proposed buildings and works and signs represent an appropriate outcome for the site having regard to the zoning and physical context.”

The proposed restaurant will sit on the site of what was once ‘Jim’s Roadhouse’. Image / Supplied

The development would involve demolishing existing structures on the site to make way for a new restaurant, drive-thru, car park and landscaping.

Environmental testing found the site is suitable for the intended commercial use and the “level of contamination does not pose risk to human health or the environment”.


“The proposal represents a well-considered, modest design that will deliver an improvement to the existing site,” the application reads.

Submissions on the development application close on July 1.

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