It is feared this new drive-through will increase traffic problems on the already heavily congested Birmingham Road.

Despite this, McDonald’s were granted planning permission last week by a Stratford District Council planning committee.

John White, who lives nearby, wrote to the council on behalf of the residents of Bardswell Court.

He said: “The restaurant is in the wrong place, will cause noise and disturbance and add to traffic flow problems.”

Stratford Town Council also objected. “It is public knowledge that there is significant congestion on the Birmingham Road and this development would simply exacerbate this situation,” they argued.

McDonald’s said the majority of their customers would be existing road users, with less than 6 per cent of visitors making a specific trip to the restaurant.

The town council hit back. “It is nonsense to suggest the existing car park would have more trips associated with it than the proposed development,” they said.

The restaurant will include a 22-space car park and patio area by the canal.

McDonald’s also has to contribute towards a new CCTV camera as part of the agreement.

A spokesperson said: “We are not yet in a position to give an exact timetable for the opening of the restaurant. However, construction will likely start late 2014 or next year.”

Last year, when the Herald revealed the plans to build a second McDonald’s in town, online readers responded calling for a KFC or Burger King.