McDonald's could be built at old Bunnings site

PLANS: The proposed masterplan shows the Shell Coles Express and McDonald's will be accessible from Norwest Boulevard and Lexington Drive.

PLANS: The proposed masterplan shows the Shell Coles Express and McDonald's will be accessible from Norwest Boulevard and Lexington Drive.

The golden arches could become the gateway to Norwest Business Park.

A McDonald’s drive-thru and Shell Coles Express service station is set to be built at the western entrance of Norwest Business Park.

Mulpha Norwest has submitted plans to The Hills Council to construct the two structures at 2-8 Lexington Drive, which can be accessed from Norwest Boulevard.

A statement of environmental effects report said analysis from traffic engineers CBRK revealed that it would have a similar impact on traffic as Bunnings did when it operated on the site.

“Overall, it could be expected that traffic flows on Norwest Boulevard would increase by some 30 vehicles to 80 per hour and on Lexington Drive in the short section between the site and Norwest Boulevard, would increase by 105 to 175 vehicles per hour two-way during peak periods,” the report stated.

“CBRK conclude that the additional traffic generated by the proposed development and approved Strongbuild facility would be similar to the previous Bunnings use of the site [160 to 220 vehicles per hour in peak], with an increased traffic flow through the roundabout of Norwest Boulevard and Lexington Drive of some three per cent … with the small increase in traffic having a minimal effect on the intersection operation.” 

The McDonald’s and Shell Coles Express buildings will be built on the old Bunnings parking spaces, and the old Bunnings warehouse will soon become a manufacturing site for retirement home builders Strongbuild.

It will be within walking distance of Bella Vista Hotel and Bella Vista Farm Park.