A fast-food giant is gearing up to open a new restaurant and takeaway in Taplow.

McDonald's first confirmed it would be opening in the area in July, taking over an empty unit previously occupied by Evans Cycles.

A McDonald’s spokesperson told this newspaper: “We are excited to be progressing with our new restaurant in Taplow, which will be opening at the end of November this year."

Now three months down the line, eagle-eyed shoppers will have noticed that the windows of the new restaurant have been blacked out, with all view obscured.

It comes just days before Buckinghamshire Council is due to discuss a licensing application made by McDonald's.

On August 25 McDonald's applied to serve food throughout the night in a bid to provide a 24/7 service.

They are seeking to be granted a premises license to use their new site located at Unit 7, The Bishops Centre, for the provision of late-night refreshments for the sale of hot food and drink from 11pm to 5am Mondays to Sundays.

Currently, McDonald's holds a license to serve food and drink between the hours of 5am to 11pm.

In the application, McDonald's said: "This restaurant understands that in extending our opening hours we have a duty to the local community and that we continue to protect our staff and customers from danger and harm. 

"It should be noted that no McDonald’s restaurant within the United Kingdom serves alcohol and further none of our drinks or food are served to customers in glass receptacles."

McDonald's has set out their plans to prevent public nuisances such as litter and noise, with plans to roll out CCTV and a Staffsafe system to ensure crime and disorder are minimalised.

In their application, McDonald's outlined that food and drink will be served both indoors and outdoors

Buckinghamshire Council are due to make a decision on the application on October 11.

Thames Valley Police, The Fire and Rescue Authority and the Local Environmental Health Authority have said that based on the supplied information, they have "no objection" to the licensing application.

Similarly, Senior Licensing Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, Catriona Crelling said: "I have reviewed this application and can confirm that having taken into consideration the promotion of the four licensing objectives, the Buckinghamshire Council Statement of Licensing Policy and the Secretary of State Section 182 Guidance the Licensing Authority have no objections."