KFC planning row brews as fried chicken chain applies to convert oast house

KFC planning row brews as fried rooster chain applies as we speak to show village’s final remaining 19th century oast home into drive-thru restaurant

  • New department of rooster chain would want a part of constructing to be knocked down
  • Quick-food big’s plan is opposed by a neighborhood historian and well being campaigners
  • However outlet in Snodland, Kent, is anticipated to get the inexperienced mild from planners 

KFC has embroiled itself in a planning row over its bid to show a village’s final remaining 19th-century oast home right into a drive-thru restaurant.

The fried rooster chain desires to include conventional parts of the constructing in Snodland, Kent, which was historically used to dry hops.

Nevertheless, the standard two-storey construction, which sits on the grounds of 15th-century Ham Hill farm, should be partially demolished for the conversion.

The fried rooster chain desires to include conventional parts of the constructing in Snodland, Kent, which was historically used to dry hops. Pictured is the plan of the location 

However, the traditional two-storey structure, (middle) which sits on the grounds of 15th-century Ham Hill farm, will have to be partially demolished for the conversion

Nevertheless, the standard two-storey construction, (center) which sits on the grounds of 15th-century Ham Hill farm, should be partially demolished for the conversion

It varieties an ‘necessary’ a part of the city’s brewing trade, which peaked within the mid-19th century.

Native historian Dr Andrew Ashbee stated: ‘The hop trade was, and nonetheless is, an necessary a part of Kent’s historical past.

‘This oast home in all probability dates to the mid-19th century, the peak of the city’s brewing trade.

‘It’s the final remaining oast home within the city. I believe that is a powerful argument to oppose the brand new KFC.

‘We have already got loads of quick meals eating places within the city. There’s solely 14,000 residents residing right here.’

The outlet, situated ten minutes’ stroll from a college, is anticipated to get the inexperienced mild regardless of opposition from lots of of residents and a neighborhood MP.

It should comprise a drive-thru and 29 parking areas, however can also be anticipated to create 45 half and full time jobs.

Well being-conscious campaigners are rallying towards the proposed franchise as a result of its rooster meals is linked to lethal illnesses.

The site will comprise a drive-thru and 29 parking spaces, but is also expected to create 45 part and full time jobs

The positioning will comprise a drive-thru and 29 parking areas, however can also be anticipated to create 45 half and full time jobs

Resident Annick West stated: ‘In our letter we’ve expressed our important concern relating to public well being.

‘It is no secret to most individuals these days that the quick meals trade could possibly be labelled as a public enemy when it comes to being a hazard to public well being.

‘The fried meals supplied in these eating places contributes to a lethal quantity of salt and saturated fat in our weight loss program linked to weight problems, diabetes and most cancers.’

A neighborhood MP beforehand urged the plans to be thrown out due to a ‘important’ variety of meals shops already within the city.

Snodland at the moment has a fried rooster restaurant, a Domino’s pizza take away, a fish and chip store, in addition to a number of Indian and Chinese language takeaways.

More than 300 locals have responded to KFC's planning application, with little more than two dozen voicing their support. Pictured are aerial plans for the site

Another map showing the site

Greater than 300 locals have responded to KFC’s planning software, with little greater than two dozen voicing their help. Pictured are aerial plans for the location 

In a letter to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch stated: ‘There’s already a big variety of cold and hot meals shops in Snodland.

‘I do not see why that is one is required, significantly when there’s the proposed growth of McDonald’s and Costa Espresso in a extra applicable location on the opposite facet of Snodland.’

Greater than 300 locals have responded to KFC’s planning software, with little greater than two dozen voicing their help.

Councillors are more likely to approve the undertaking at a committee as we speak (FRI) following suggestions from TMBC officers.

Campaigners are on account of attend the planning committee in a ultimate effort to forestall the restaurant being constructed.

The oast home has been earmarked for growth has been empty since early 2018 when it was vacated by Britannia home windows.

KFC has been contacted for remark.