Nando's IS coming to Tunbridge Wells: But anger over its location

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By kentsussex | Friday, January 04, 2013, 11:09

Nando's - the celeb-fave peri peri chicken chain - is coming to Tunbridge Wells.

The firm has submitted plans to the borough council for a 325 square metre restaurant next to Toys R Us on Great Lodge Retail Park on the North Farm Industrial Estate.

It will be located in the toy store's existing service yard.

There will also be a 140 square metre coffee shop, but Blue Sky Planning - which has formally submitted the plans - says a firm has not yet been signed up to fill that venue.

The news has excited many locals, with many taking to Twitter to welcome the development.

StaciePeach7 said: 'A nandos in tunbridge wells? this is the first iv hear of it! BRING ME THE CHICKEEEEEN'

And MarkRizzoRitson added: 'So, finally a Nando's is set for Tunbridge Wells industrial estate, next to Toys R Us. It better be big enough. Large queue already forming.'

But it has also sparked concerns that the location is incorrect, with many saying that they will not bother to go to the venue because of frequent traffic congestion in the area.

Wonderingwade said: 'How much more can we cramp in the industrial estate? #Tunbridge Wells needs to be focuses more on whats on their doorstep (ABC Cinema).'

The news, however, has not yet spread to the Facebook group Nando's Tunbridge Wells (Why not?) - which has surprisingly remained silent on the issue so far.

Councillors have until February 15 to make a decision on the application, but it is likely to go to a planning committee because of its significance.

Residents have until January 17 to have their say, by clicking on the application online here:

The mid-market chicken chain has become something of a phenomenon with more than 200 restaurants across the UK and all over the world from Australia through to Zimbabwe.

Launched in South Africa in the late 80s, its main selling point is its peri peri sauce. The marinade was first created by Portuguese settlers in Africa using local chillis.

Its first UK restaurant opened in 1992, but it has only recently risen to prominence and developed an adoring following among teenagers and celebrities.

What do you think of this new addition to the town?



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    Fully agree, LGWcommuter.
    Makes me wonder what planet are they living on!! Nothing about this new development makes sense or would work, and would just evermore frustrate the people who have to use the North Farm industrial area.

    By jimjim at 14:38 on 17/03/13

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    The author of this piece must be desperate to find non-news to fill these increasingly vacuous pages. Perhaps it can only be coincidence that one of the tweets mentioned above is made by an employee of the group that owns this website. I wonder what Sir Brian Leveson would make of the manipulation of stories
    If I was the manager of Northcliffe Digital I would be expecting more from my employees than this dross.
    Anybody with half a braincell would know that the North Farm area is so badly gridlocked that opening a restaurant here would be tantamount to commercial suicide. Would you really sit in traffic for a considerable time just to eat this stuff?
    It would probably be quicker to get on a train and visit one of their London branches if you really cannot resist chicken from an unknown source or continent with a spicy covering. Alternatively you could always try cooking it yourself!!!!

    By LGWcommuter at 01:57 on 07/01/13

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