Nando’s, Wagamama and Five Guys restaurants ditched from huge Newquay development plans

Nando’s, Wagamama and Five Guys won’t be coming to Cornwall after plans for a huge multimillion-pounds development have been changed. In the spring, Salboy, Manchester-based developer behind ambitious plans for the Narrowcliff area of Newquay, announced that it was in talks with the brands to hopefully open three restaurants.

The original scheme include regenerating the Hotel Bristol as well as two nearby residential properties, the former Narrowcliff Hotel, the current medical centre and a car park to the rear. The doctor’s surgery recently announced it was planning to relocate to Nansledan, an idea which has been in the works for a couple of years.

The Narrowcliff development, which Salboy described as a “major regeneration project” first included a 75 or 80-bedroom four to five-star hotel with a 56-seat cinema, a high-end restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and steaming rooms. There would also be residential flats, affordable council housing, several car parks and commercial units.

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At the time, Salboy said: “The commercial units alongside that, we’re already in early conversations and talks with Wagamama, Nando’s and Five Guys. They’re the three brands that we’re trying to bring to the site. That is people who we would like and think would fit best on this location. It is a landmark development that, we know, is already received well by them and they’re interested in the site. We’ll see where it goes.”

However the developers have since released new pictures of what the scheme could look like as part of a public consultation process ahead of submitting a planning application.

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Since being first mooted in April, the plan has been altered and new documents suggest the development would have up to 180 residential units and a 44-bedroom aparthotel.

CGI showing what the Narrowcliff development in Newquay could look like once complete
CGI showing what the Narrowcliff development in Newquay could look like once complete
(Image: Planning application)

Salboy have also now confirmed that as the scheme being proposed is “smaller in scale” the commercial units where the three restaurants were supposed to go have been scrapped.

A spokesman for Salboy, which is also behind two other developments in Cornwall, The Garrack in St Ives and Tuckingmill in Camborne, said: “The commercial units included in the initial proposal have been removed in the new application. Listening to the feedback from the pre-planning consultation, Salboy’s plans for Narrowcliff have been reduced in scale which has meant some of the features initially proposed have been reduced or removed in line with this.”

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