A fast food restaurant owner has submitted a planning application to turn an historic Northfield pub into a drive thru KFC restaurant, after years of doubt about the future of the listed building.
Splendid Restaurants Colonel, a subsidiary of the Splendid Hospitality Group, already owns 18 KFC stores it acquired from KFC in 2017.
The proposal would see the main building becoming a restaurant, with the drive thru facility accessible through an entry / exit off Bristol Road South, with an additional exit in to Tessall Lane.
Developers say that the change would bring around 60 jobs to the area.
The King George V public house was built un 1935 for Mitchell and Butlers, designed by John Burgess Surman in a Jacobean domestic revival style. Rendered in brick with ashlar plinths, with mullion windows, gables and arched doorways, the public house was Grade II listed in 2001.
In recent years it was used as as a popular Chinese restaurant, and is known to many as “The Emerald”.
Most recently the building has been the King Khan’s Indian restaurant, with the owner causing controversy in 2014 after failing to reach an agreement to continue to be home to the King George V Bowling club, which had been based at the site since 1937. The restaurant rebranded as the Old King George Balti House in 2016, but was closed by the beginning of 2017.
During last year, owners submitted 4 applications for a care home and one for 10 homes at the site, all of which were withdrawn before being put before planning committee.
Rumours of an application for a KFC have been around for some months.
MP for Northfield, Richard Burden (Labour) said: “The former King George V pub has been around for as long as anybody can remember. It is a listed building and a well-known part of Northfield’s urban landscape. The planning application claims that the changes involved would have a minimal impact on the heritage value of the building.
“I obviously want to hear what residents think but my first personal reaction is that I am far from enthusiastic about the prospect of the King George V having giant KFC signs all over it.”
Northfield Cllr Olly Armstrong said: “This stretch of road is a regular route for ambulances and other emergancy services, a drive thru that will invariably create traffic jams back up tesall lane, porentially holding up ambulances, is a dangerous proposition. Because of this I am full against this KFC drive through proposal.”
Have Your Say
There are two applications – one for change of use and the other for listed building consent. To view the planning applications and leave your views, visit Birmingham City Council Planning Online and search for application numbers:
- 2018/05171/PA – Listed Building Consent for proposed internal and external alterations to allow for a change of use of existing A3 restaurant to a A3/A5 restaurant/hot food take-away for a KFC drive-thru
- 2018/05083/PA – Proposed change of use of existing restaurant to a mixed A3 restaurant/A5 hot food take-away for a drive-thru KFC with associated alterations, car parking and landscaping
All comments should be submitted by Thursday 6th September 2018.