Isobel Rodgers

Ballina McDonald’s building could become a funeral home

THE old McDonald's building at West Ballina could be turned into a funeral home if plans are approved by the council.

Parkview Funeral Homes has lodged an application for the $600,000 development, which would include reconfiguring the former fast food restaurant to turn it into a chapel, function room, office and showroom.

In January the council rejected an application from Parkview Funeral Homes to build a funeral chapel at a former used car yard on the corner of River St and Henry Philip Ave, Ballina.

It was refused after nearby residents complained about the potential increase in traffic.

The application stated the chapel would have had one service a day on average, with up to 80 people at each service.

But the development application for the old McDonald's site states that the new chapel would have the capacity to seat 130 people.

Parkview Funeral Homes is seeking approval for two services a day if the function room is booked by the family, or four services a day when the function room is not booked.

In documents lodged with the council, planners Newton Denny Chapelle say that planned refurbishment works to the building will provide a "vibrant and attractive entry to West Ballina".

"In respect to traffic generation, we note McDonald's operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week and as such, traffic levels from the restaurant would far exceed the traffic generated by the funeral home," the report states.

The application to change the old McDonald's site into a funeral home is now on public exhibition.

Submissions must be made before May 13.


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