KFC makes fresh bid for new Wolverhampton restauarant

Fast food giant KFC has unveiled plans to open a new restaurant on the site of a former Wolverhampton club – just yards from where it had a previous bid to open thrown out.

The fried chicken company says it will create up to 40 jobs with its latest proposal which would see the former Bushbury Working Men’s Club, in Bushbury Lane, demolished.

It is a short distance away from The Island House pub, in Stafford Road, Oxley, where the chain’s bid to open a branch was thrown out three times. Twice by the council and once by the Planning Inspectorate two years ago.

Steve Simms, director of SSA Planning which has submitted the latest proposals on behalf of KFC, said: “Overall the proposal contributes positively to the local environment to create a new facility and 30 to 40 jobs on unused land.”

The latest scheme includes the creation of a new roundabout at the junction of Showell Road while traffic works would also be carried out on Bushbury Lane if the store were to gain planning permission.

Developers say they would put the car park for the restaurant in between two planned new buildings in order to limit the amount of noise to neighbours.

Proposals also include a new access from Bushbury Lane in a bid to ease any problems with highway safety.