Firm bringing Nando’s to Mansfield says hotel option ‘never stood up’

Nando's Bella Italia and Chiquito to be opened at Mansfield Leisure Park.
Nando's Bella Italia and Chiquito to be opened at Mansfield Leisure Park.

The company set to bring Nando’s to Mansfield has said it U-turned on building a hotel on the site because it ‘never had a strong financial case’.

Legal & General, which is behind the scheme for the three restaurants at Mansfield Leisure Park that also includes Bella Italia and Chiquito, admitted its reasons for ditching plans a 60-bedroom hotel.

The plans, which initially included an obligation for a hotel to be included, were turned down by Mansfield District Council’s planning committee.

But on appeal, it was overturned in August and the obligation was removed.

A spokesman for Legal & General said: “We have revisited it out of respect to the councillors, but it does not stand up.

“At the end of the day, we look after pension money and it did not make financial sense.

“The original structure, as discussed at length with the council, required us to build a hotel in order to bring forward the new restaurant offer – the very planning consent they then turned down.

“While we were aware that the hotel element of the scheme never had a strong financial case, we were prepared to bring this forward in order to enable the enhanced restaurant offer, meeting the needs of the local area.

“At appeal the inspector turned over the council’s decision, but did not feel that it was necessary to link our restaurant consent to a hotel requirement.”