Falkirk residents will soon be able to get their hands on a KFC bargain bucket without having to travel out of the area.
Falkirk Council’s planning committee gave the go ahead for Kentucky Fried Chicken (UK) Ltd to demolish the former Tesco petrol station in Callendar Road and build a restaurant, drive-through area and car park.
The nearest KFC outlets at the moment are in Alloa and Stirling.
Planning officers advised members to grant permission at a meeting on Wednesday and committee convener Billy Buchanan and his colleagues were only too happy to oblige, giving permission subject to the developers meeting a number of conditions, including work on the restaurant commencing within the next three years.
Councillor John McLuckie said: “I have to go to Cumbernauld for my big bucket, but this is an ideal site and a great opportunity for Falkirk. That finger lickin’ chicken looks good to me.”
The former Tesco store, located nearby, closed a number of years ago and is still lying vacant. Local business people have contacted the council to see if the site could be used to house shops, markets, play areas and other amenities, but have so far had no luck in getting those plans off the ground.
The former store’s car park, which will be adjacent to the KFC development, is currently being used as a paid parking location.
KFC proposes to construct a rectangular single storey building which would incorporate its trademark design and branding. The restaurant would extend to 259 square metres, set within a site area of 2225 square metres the remainder being used for access, car parking, open space and delivery areas.
While there were no objections from the council’s planning transport unit, Scottish Water or the local community council, a number of residents lodged complaints against the development.
Their main objection is Falkirk does not need another fast food outlet and they also stated the nutritional value of KFC’s products seem to be at odds with the healthy eating and lifestyle objectives being promoted by the NHS and Scottish Government.
Councillors were also told that while the proposed development is contrary to Falkirk Council’s Development Plan, it is not to a significant enough degree to warrant a refusal.
Still based in Louisville, Kentucky, KFC specialises in fried chicken and has been opening restaurants since the 1950s under the direction of “Colonel” Harland Sanders, who developed the distinctive recipe still used today.
It is the world’s third largest restaurant chain after Subway and McDonald’s, with over 17,000 outlets in 115 countries.