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CGi of the Sittingbourne town centre regeneration (credit Guy Hollaway Architects)

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Swale to gain new restaurants

CGi of the Sittingbourne town centre regeneration (credit Guy Hollaway Architects)

CGi of the Sittingbourne town centre regeneration (credit Guy Hollaway Architects)

Swale is to gain some new places to eat as Marston’s Brewery announces a new restaurant and pub to be built in Faversham, while Pizza Express and Wildwood have signed agreements to take units in Sittingbourne’s multi-million pound regeneration.

The 150-cover restaurant and pub in Faversham is set to be built beside the A2 on the former Macknade Garden Centre in Canterbury Road. Marston’s Brewery originally applied for permission to develop the site in 2014, but Swale Borough Council turned its plans down. However, this week after an appeal, a planning inspector over-turned the council’s decision and granted permission for the “family-focused pub and restaurant.”

A Marston’s spokesman said: “We are delighted to secure our planning permission after going to appeal.

“The site planning application had already been recommended for approval by local planning officers; however initial refusal by local committee members delayed the whole process. Now, with a planning approval, we are excited to bring a new Marston’s pub to the community of Faversham.”

Marston’s agent John McElholm said the company would invest more than £3 million in developing the brownfield site and would create 40 to 50 jobs.

Over in Sittingbourne, Pizza Express and Wildwood have been named in a Swale Council report on the future of the town centre. The national restaurant chains have signed agreements to take units in the same building as the eight-screen cinema, on what is now The Forum car park.

Four other smaller restaurant units in the leisure building are yet to be let but negotiations continue, says the report, which is due to go before the council’s scrutiny committee on August 31.

These latest names follow recent news that other occupiers of the £59million regeneration of the town include Home Bargains, a Costa drive-through, Iceland and Travelodge.

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