Councillors are recommended to grant planning permission for a new fast food restaurant and drive-through to replace the vacant pub
The transformation of the Tumbledown Dick in Farnborough into a McDonald's look set to be approved this week.
Councillors have been recommended to grant planning permission for a new fast food restaurant on the site of the historic, vacant pub in Farnborough Road.
A planning meeting to decide the application is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9.
It comes after a long-running campaign to return the former live music venue back to its former glory.
Plans for the fast food chain to take over the pub have been in motion for more than a year with discussions between McDonald's and landowners Bridehall, although a planning application was not submitted until July.
Fran Beauchamp, who started the Friends of the Tumbledown Dick campaign which has more than 3,000 online supporters, said she was "severely disappointed" that the plans are set to get the green light.
"The council seriously can not dismiss all these people who are against it," she said.
"It doesn't seem to me that the planning committee are looking at the needs of the people of the town and I would strongly request they have a long hard think about what the town needs.
"Not only is there massive heritage attached to the pub but there is the health aspect of turning it into a McDonald's, approving a massive fast food outlet in the centre of the town is a disaster waiting to happen."
The English Heritage assessed the pub for listed building status, but concluded that it lacked proof of the special architectural and historical interest required.
But the council added the Tumbledown Dick to its register of community assets and its Buildings of Local Importance list.
Ms Beauchamp added: "I am very, very concerned as to how the planning department could completely dismiss these two important pieces of legislation."
A McDonald's spokesman said: "We are pleased to hear that our plans have been recommended for approval and believe that our proposals offer the best and most viable opportunity for this site.
"A new McDonald’s would bring investment to the area and provide 65 full and part-time jobs for the community whilst preserving the character of the existing building.
But Mrs Beachamp added: "The battle is not over, what we want now is for as many people as possible to to turn up to the meeting and make sure they are seen and their views are heard."
The News & Mail will be reporting live from the meeting.