Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Could Nando’s, TGI Fridays and Frankie and Benny’s be coming to Inverness?

Artists impression of the restaurant plan for Inverness retail park
Artists impression of the restaurant plan for Inverness retail park

A petition urging approval for three new diners at a city shopping park has attracted more than 1,200 signatures in less than 48 hours.

Neil Cameron claims that rejection of the plans at Inverness Retail Park would leave Inverness “in the dark ages”.

The park’s owner’s Hercules Unit Trust submitted plans to convert a large vacant store into three separate restaurants was submitted late last year.

But it emerged last week that the company – who had three well-known chains lined up to move in – had withdrawn their initial application after planners recommended refusal.

Members of the south planning application heard that the company had entered into fresh discussions with planners in order to lodge new proposals.

A petition is urging expansion at a city retail park
A petition is urging expansion at a city retail park

Mr Cameron’s poll has attracted more than 1,270 people who are keen to see the plans approved – which would allow Nando’s, TGI Fridays and Frankie and Benny’s to move into Inverness for the first time.

He said: “We need to start acting like Inverness is a proper city and not leave it stuck in the dark ages.

“The planners are living in the past if they think that this wouldn’t be a good thing.

“The likes of Frankie and Benny’s are fantastic places to eat and the retail park is the best place for it instead of getting people to go into the city centre and pay for their parking.

“We need more choice and should be encouraging people to come in with new ideas and jobs.”

Several businesses, as well as Inverness Bid, based in the city centre had objected to the proposals, stating they would jeopardise plans to expand the Eastgate Centre with new shops, restaurants and a cinema.

The owners of the shopping centre were also among the objectors.

Highland Council said that the initial plan, if approved, would have clashed with national planning policy and their plans to deliver a “vibrant city centre”.

Inverness Estates, which had previously been refused permission to create restaurant space at the same park, also objected to the plans.

The vacant unit formerly housed the electronics company Comet, which shut several years ago.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]