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Nando's face criticism over Leeds medical centre plan

Plans to build a Nando's restaurant in the same building as a medical centre have been criticised by a councillor.

The chain has applied to Leeds City Council to open a branch in St Michael's Court, Headingley, next to the Headingley Medical Centre.

Ward councillor Martin Hamilton said the plan left a "bitter taste in the mouth".

A Nando's spokesperson, however, said feedback from the public earlier this year had been "mainly positive".

The medical centre houses the Holly Bank and Burton Croft GP surgeries and a pharmacy.

Nando's plans to build a restaurant, along with an outdoor seating area.

'Totally unsuitable'

Liberal Democrat councillor Mr Hamilton said: "It does leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth that you have people visiting the medical centre, maybe people that are seeking advice on diet and nutrition for example, and then next door there's Nando's serving fried chicken."

Local resident Judith Klaus wrote to the council to object to the restaurant opening, saying: "The proposed fast food type outlet is totally unsuitable in the building that houses a medical centre."

Nando's first submitted a planning application in September 2011, but withdrew the plans the following month.

The application received more than 40 objections.

A second application was received by the council in July, with the deadline for comments on Thursday.

Currently, five objections and two letters of support have been received.

A spokesperson for the chain said: "In order to respond to any local enquiries, we held a public consultation day earlier this year which went really well and the feedback was mainly positive, with many keen to see a restaurant open in Headingley."

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