Plans have been submitted to bring the fast food giant to the region as part of a scheme that would also see a roadside service and petrol station built next to the A30.
The site at Straightway Head Junction, next to the Daisymount roundabout, near Ottery St Mary, would see the proposed McDonalds restaurant include seating for customers and 47 car parking spaces, involves HGV and coach parking, and the petrol filing station would contain five pumps and a forecourt with 34 car parking spaces.
Access to the site will be from the B3174 London Road which runs between Ottery St Mary and Rockbeare.
The application says that the amount of development proposed for the site is appropriate and that the McDonalds offer is entirely consistent with many food offers up at down the country.
Permission has been previously granted to build a roadside service area at the site and the principle of development has been confirmed, the statement says, while it adds that Highways England recognises the need for such a facility.
The statement adds: “The nearest motorway services to the site are at junction 30 of the M5 eight miles away. There is also a petrol filling station at Honiton which is accessible from the A30, however it does not provide the same range of facilities.
“It is considered that there is a need for a roadside facility on the A30 which has been demonstrated by virtue of the site’s planning history.
“The proposals accord with the local plan and the site will improve provision within the area and meet the modern needs and expectations of motorists, and shall also contribute to the local economy and employment, and provides significant visual enhancements to a vacant site.”
East Devon District Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.