Plans have been submitted for a new fast-food restaurant in the heart of Reading.

US-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen wants to open a venue in a four-story, Grade II listed building in Broad Street.

Their planning application seeks permission for the installation of an external riser and equipment for the existing commercial unit in number 107-108, between Clarks and John Lewis.

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Reading Chronicle: The empty unit (left) and its position on Broad StreetThe empty unit (left) and its position on Broad Street

A letter submitted by Rolfe Judd on behalf of Popeyes, reads: “The proposed plant has been designed carefully to acknowledge the listed status of the building and the surrounding historic environment.

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“The plant proposed is minimalist and located towards the rear of the building which makes a lesser contribution to both the listed building and its views from Broad Street.

Reading Chronicle: The front door of the Grade II listed buildingThe front door of the Grade II listed building

“The plant is a requirement for the store to operate and other methods have been considered to ensure the scheme strikes the most appropriate balance between heritage and the needs of the unit.”

The building was erected in 1894 in yellow brick and terracotta.