THE plans for a major fast-food outlet in Oswestry have moved one step closer following the dismissal of more conditions by Shropshire Council.

Restaurant giants McDonald's have submitted a number of planning applications all based around its plans to build a new base on the old Smithfield Market site, near to Morrisons in Shrewsbury Road.

This week, Shropshire Council have dismissed conditions surrounding the drainage issues that needed to be addressed ahead of the full restaurant build, which is still yet-to-be approved.

The condition discharge was validated on Wednesday, January 13 and comes after a comprehensive document on drainage plans was submitted to planning officers by McDonald's.

In the report, it says that responsibility for the drainage will rest on the management, with training provided for staff.

It says: "The McDonald’s site and all of its drainage is privately owned and maintained by McDonald’s.

"It is the store manager’s responsibility to ensure that the drainage system is regularly inspected and maintained, in accordance with this plan.

"The majority of tasks can be completed by McDonald’s staff trained for each specific task. Training should include manual handling, for lifting manhole covers.

"Manholes and chambers can be dangerous due to trapped harmful gases and should not be entered unless staff are confined space trained and issued with appropriate equipment.

"Entering confined spaces should not normally be required and should be controlled by a permit to enter system administered by the store manager.

"It may be appropriate to rely on non-store based, specialist staff, on the rare occasions when confined space entry is required."

The full report – which is available at and search 20/04219/FUL – also highlights specific areas for inspection and how records will be kept.