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Raceview's burghers ace McDonald's

NO THANKS: Raceview residents (from left) Jessica McLean, Ariana McLean, 4, Dion McLean, Silvia Wells, Kaye Petie, Sylena McLean, 9 weeks, Jeannine and Barry Sippel (front), and Kay and Kevin Ardrey (rear) protest against a proposed McDonald’s restaurant at Raceview. The land will now be used for the construction of four homes.
NO THANKS: Raceview residents (from left) Jessica McLean, Ariana McLean, 4, Dion McLean, Silvia Wells, Kaye Petie, Sylena McLean, 9 weeks, Jeannine and Barry Sippel (front), and Kay and Kevin Ardrey (rear) protest against a proposed McDonald’s restaurant at Raceview. The land will now be used for the construction of four homes. David Nielsen

THE well-positioned vacant land in Raceview that McDonald's had hoped to get its hands on is set to become home for four families.

Ipswich builder Neil Bryant Constructions purchased the land on Friday, not long after a development application for a McDonald's restaurant was turned down.

The signing of the contract on the deal with the builder hinged on confirmation that the fast-food giant would not appeal the Ipswich City Council decision.

Boettcher Realty principal Darren Boettcher, who negotiated the sale, said the builder planned to construct four homes on the site.

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"This is a win-win for the community, given that we will now have a residential development in a residential area," Mr Boettcher said.

"These homes will have great proximity to schools, shops, the post office and the university."

When built, the homes will all be four-bedroom, two-bathroom and two-car lock-up garage.

The land was owned by the operators of Kingwall Furniture Factory, which has downsized its manufacturing and no longer needs the space.

Interest from McDonald's in the site prompted a significant level of protest from local residents.

Ipswich City Council received dozens of submissions opposing the proposal, but also based its ruling on the residential zoning of the area.

Over the past week, The Queensland Times has also heard from some Ipswich residents who supported the original development application and were disappointed that it didn't go ahead.

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