The old McDonald’s in Swansea’s Kingsway, which was once host to countless children’s birthday parties, is set to become housing after being vacant for years.
Swansea Council has approved plans lodged by applicant Thomas Morgan to transform the old fast food restaurant by changing the use of its ground floor, first and second floors to create six flats.
McDonald’s closed its Kingsway outlet in December, 2010, after being there for more than a decade. It was never replaced.
Ron Mounsey, who ran the outlet along with other McDonald’s chains in the Swansea area at the time, said in 2010 that he was sad to see the restaurant close, but suggested it was down to the demise of The Kingsway at the time, stating: “With the movement of businesses from the area, that business is now not a viable proposition.”
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Planning documents submitted by Mr Morgan stated how there was a “large demand” for new affordable accommodation within the city centre, adding: “This proposal provides the opportunity to re-generate a functionally vacant property and introduce vitality via additional residents and footfall onto The Kingsway.”
The plans added: “A number of businesses have closed or relocated over the past 10 years and the area is undergoing significant investment by the City and County of Swansea. Swansea Council has launched a number of regeneration initiatives which have definitely improved the area and it is hoped the approval of this application will help improve the character and appearance of the area. The approval of this application would help provide a meaningful alternative use for the building.”