Published: 06:00, 23 June 2021
| Updated: 15:04, 23 June 2021
Concerns have been raised by heritage groups over plans to open a fast-food takeaway next to England's oldest school.
Wraps and Wings wants to launch a new premises in Palace Street, Canterbury, in a unit which neighbours the King's School entrance and is just a few doors down from the famous Crooked House.
The firm is planning to run a takeaway service as well as offer a dining experience from the former Espression Arts unit, which faces Smokeys barbecue house.
The city centre plans involve a range of modifications to the building, including the removal of a section of the old chimney stack.
Wraps and Wings prides itself on making "memorable" and "flavour-packed" burgers, snacks and shakes.
It has a number of branches in the capital and has a takeaway presence in cities such as Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
The proposals for the King's Mile in Canterbury, which have been drawn up by Clague Architects, have been met with criticism from those wanting to safeguard the city's history.
The Ancient Monuments Society has lodged an objection, and the Canterbury Heritage Design Forum has also blasted the scheme.
Amanda Sparkes, a member of the group, said: "This seems a totally inappropriate location for a takeaway and the addition of the flue proposed seems very damaging to the building.
"The immediate reaction is 'not another fast-food joint' given issues around bins, noise, more litter and rubbish, more traffic - including yet more Deliveroo mopeds - all apply."
In contrast, those behind the plans say the modifications to the unit will bring about positive change and will not hurt the city.
"The proposed business is a high-quality enterprise which survives on its reputation," they claim.
"The proposals are modest on the ground floor, and in the provision of the extract flue, care has been taken to position it with a minimal harm. There are also sound-proofed partitions formed throughout to ensure that reduced sound transmission occurs internally."
Developers also say the new business will not impact the day-to-day running of the neighbouring King's School.
The site, which is let by the Cathedral's Dean and Chapter, does not have any space for parking so customers will use on-street space or St Radigunds car park.