Drive-thru cof­fee shop plans for town

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PLANS for a new ‘drive-thru’ café in Ac­cring­ton have been re­vealed.

Na­tion­wide chain Costa Cof­fee is look­ing to open the premises on land off Hyn­d­burn Road, next to The Brick­works pub.

It will in­clude a drive-thru ele­ment, an in-store cafe and will open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Up to 16 full-time equiv­a­lent jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated and Costa bosses said ‘the ma­jor­ity, if not all, of the po­si­tions will be filled by lo­cal peo­ple’.

The site will in­clude a 33-bay car park with two dis­abled spa­ces.

Costa said if the plans are ap­proved then their other cafe on Broad­way in Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre will still re­main.

Ward coun­cil­lor Paul Cox said he is sup­port­ing the scheme.

He said: “It’s good news that they are want­ing to use a brown­field site and it’s good that we are get­ting more jobs into the area which is what we need.”

Plans sub­mit­ted to Hyn­d­burn coun­cil by ap­pli­cant Barn­field Con­struc­tion, on be­half of Costa Cof­fee, said it is ‘sus­tain­able devel­op­ment’ and will com­ple­ment other busi­nesses along the road.

A plan­ning state­ment said: “There are no sites in the town cen­tre that would meet the ba­sic site re­quire­ments to de­liver a busi­ness for­mat based on a drive-through.

“This is demon­strated by Costa Cof­fee’s ex­ist­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion, which com­prises a tra­di­tional high street for­mat cof­fee shop. This shop will re­main.

“The site an un­der­de­vel­oped par­cel of land lo­cated within a wider re­tail and com­mer­cial set­ting.

“The site ben­e­fits from an ex­ist­ing ac­cess point of one of the main routes into Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre and is well con­nected to pub­lic trans­port and the pedes­trian net­work.

“The pro­posed Costa Cof­fee store with a drive-through will pri­mar­ily serve pa­trons pass­ing by on the Hyn­d­burn Road.

“It is there­fore re­liant on pass-by trade and typ­i­cally, cus­tomers will link their trip with the other uses along Hyn­d­burn Road and Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre.”

They said the drive-through ele­ment will of­fer con­ve­nience and will com­ple­ment the nearby re­tail and leisure uses fur­ther along Hyn­d­burn Road, such as Asda, Lidl, Mata­lan, and Vue Cin­ema.

A de­ci­sion will be made by coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers in the next few months.

Costa Cof­fee have ear­marked this piece of land on Hyn­d­burn Road for a new store

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