Costa sub­mits plans for driv­ethrough out­let with res­tau­rant

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PLANS for a new Costa Cof­fee res­tau­rant and drive-through in Fort Wil­liam have been sub­mit­ted to the High­land Coun­cil, writes Ellie Forbes.

The site at Ne­vis Square was set to be oc­cu­pied by KFC with plan­ning per­mis­sion se­cured for the out­let in 2014.

De­vel­op­ers Herbal Eastern bought the land two years ago for KFC, but af­ter the fast-food chain pulled out of plans to build on the site ear­lier this year, the com­pany put in a bid for Costa.

Ne­vis Gar­den Cen­tre and John Disher’s floor cov­er­ings were the last busi­nesses to oc­cupy the site, and they were de­mol­ished to make way for KFC.

Plans for Costa in­clude a res­tau­rant and drive-through and out­door seat­ing.

Tim Stott, prin­ci­pal plan­ner with the High­land Coun­cil, told

The Oban Times: ‘The site, which has had a re­tail use for a long time, has plan­ning per­mis­sion for sim­i­lar drive-through re­tail use and is pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped or brown­field land.

‘Im­pact on Fort Wil­liam Town Cen­tre will be con­sid­ered but it is not likely to be a ma­jor is­sue be­cause there’s al­ready a Costa unit in the High Street and this new unit ap­pears to be for an ad­di­tional, not re­place­ment, drive-through, Costa.’


Mr Stott also said: ‘It has only just been lodged as an ap­pli­ca­tion so no per­mis­sion yet, but it should be de­cided within two months.

‘We don’t know if and when Costa will im­ple­ment any plan­ning per­mis­sion, but the con­struc­tion pe­riod would typically be six to 12 months for this size of de­vel­op­ment.’

Ne­vis Square, the site in­tended for the new Costa Cof­fee res­tau­rant and drive through.

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