Witney has been identified by fried chicken chain KFC as one of eight Oxfordshire locations it hopes to open branches.

KFC has listed hundreds of locations on its website where it wants to open new sites - with plans for more full-size restaurants and drive-thrus.

Among them is a proposed drive-thru in Witney, which has long been wanted by some in the town.

It is seeking more outlets at airports and roadside stations, as well as “smallbox” sites that fit into 1,000 sqft in high pedestrian areas.

There is no guarantee that restaurants will definitely pop up in each new site.

On the KFC website, the fast food giant says: “We’re on the lookout for over 500 sites.”

It invites developers to get in touch if they have a space that could be of interest, and says the company will pay £20,000 “for all recognised introductions”.

According to the company, drive thru sites are its most popular type and can be fit into vacant sites of more than 0.3 acres.

Existing building conversions will also be considered.

Full-size restaurants are considered where drive-thrus cannot be accommodated.

KFC has more than 900 branches in the UK.