Plans have been unveiled this week for a new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea.

KFC has revealed formal plans to build the new facilities on the northbound M5 at the Welcome Break Motorway Services just north of junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea.

The 263 square metre KFC drive-thru will be built on an existing tarmacked area and unused grass area, if it’s approved by Sedgemoor District Council.

KFC says the proposals would create ten new local full-time jobs and ten part-time roles.

The fast food chicken firm is seeking full planning permission for a “new drive-thru building and an associated parking area within the existing motorway services.”

Consultation on the drive-thru plans is underway and comments can be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council’s planning department before March 15th.

KFC has been in the national headlines this week due to being forced to temporarily close most of its UK outlets amid problems with a new delivery contract that has caused a chicken shortage.

A total of 562 KFC outlets across the UK were shut on Monday, including all of its Somerset branches, following a weekend of disruption that peaked on Sunday night at 646 closures.

Meanwhile, reported last autumn that Costa Coffee has also been granted permission to build a New Costa Drive drive-thru on the southbound side of the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea in a further boost to jobs and facilities at the services.