EWOOD’S McDonalds branch has won approval to open for an extra four hours in the night and early morning despite residents’ noise concerns.

The Livesey Branch Road fast-food restaurant is looking to extend its opening hours from 7am until midnight to 5am until 2am.

The Ewood Community Association objected to the change in hours because possible disruption.

Blackburn with Darwen planning committee approved the change after Ewood ward councillor Jamie Groves said potential noise and disturbance had to be weighed against job creation.

A spokesman for McDonalds said: “We want to serve our customers at the times that suit them.”