A controversial fast food joint under construction in a supermarket parking lot suddenly takes shape.

The new McDonald’s branch, which will be the burger chain’s third location in Folkestone, was quickly erected in Cheriton close to the M20 and the Channel Tunnel.

McDonald’s new drive-thru in Cheriton

It took the builders a few days to construct the new two-story structure, which appears to be made up of prefabricated sections assembled on site.

A Cheriton resident said: “I drove by on Thursday and they were still working on the foundations, but there was a big crane there.

“Then yesterday, all of a sudden, the whole building appeared out of nowhere. It must have been pre-assembled.

“It can’t be too long until it opens now. It’s going to be very busy – hopefully the traffic won’t be too much of a nightmare.”

The new drive-thru was at the center of a long planning saga, as nearby residents voiced their opposition to plans for another McDonald’s branch in the city.

McDonald's new drive-thru is on the far corner of a supermarket parking lot
McDonald’s new drive-thru is on the far corner of a supermarket parking lot

Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) Planning Committee councilors voted against the scheme in December 2020.

Members declined the development due to concerns about highway safety and sustainability.

Concerns have also been raised about increased litter, pollution and noise in the area as a result of the new restaurant.

Although planning officers recommended approval, the application was denied by councillors, with five votes in favor and seven against.

The decision to reject the proposals was appealed to the Town Planning Inspectorate, and their review of the plans led to the project being given the green light.

Access to the site is via the Tesco car park
Access to the site is via the Tesco car park

McDonald’s said the new location could create more than 60 jobs. The company is currently advertising positions in the new restaurant.

It is not yet known when it will be open to the public.