McDonald’s is finally set to erect its golden arches in the only county in England where it has never had a presence.
The chain is poised to get the go-ahead for a restaurant in Rutland, the country’s smallest county, which lies between Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
Officers have recommended proposals for the branch on the outskirts of Oakham, with a planning committee scheduled to meet next week to make their decision.
Supporters of the proposal say it will create additional jobs in the area, with more than 60 full-time and part-time staff required to run the branch.
However, the move also faces opposition from locals who fear it could lead to litter problems and spoil the image of the area.
McDonald’s has previously said it understands the “historic nature” of Oakham town centre.
A spokesman for the chain told the BBC this week: “We believe locating the restaurant on the outskirts of town, near the A606, is the most beneficial and appropriate location.”