More cof­fee brew­ing? Bid for drive through Costa goes to ap­peal

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

CHELTENHAM has only just had its 23rd Costa Cof­fee shop open, in Tewkes­bury Road.

But a 24th could be built if de­vel­op­ers have their way.

The Hin­ton Group, which is be­hind plans to de­velop land off Grove­field Way, has ap­pealed against the Plan­ning In­spec­torate’s de­ci­sion not to al­low a drive-through Costa.

In Fe­bru­ary, the in­spec­torate granted per­mis­sion for an Aldi store, of­fices and chil­dren’s nurs­ery at the site that is near the Arle Court Round­about and BMW garage.

That over­turned Cheltenham Bor­ough Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion not to al­low the devel­op­ment on the grounds that it would spark more traf­fic and pol­lu­tion than the roads could han­dle.

But the Hin­ton Group is per­sist­ing with its in­ten­tion to also have the Costa at the site, which it calls Corinthian Busi­ness Park.

It has launched a High Court chal­lenge against the Plan­ning In­spec­torate’s de­ci­sion, mean­ing the ap­peal will be re-de­ter­mined fol­low­ing a hear­ing at the coun­cil’s Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fices on De­cem­ber 3.

A spokesman for the Hin­ton Group said: “We are fully com­mit­ted to the de­liv­ery of the Corinthian Busi­ness Park and the as­so­ci­ated ben­e­fits for the town.

“There are some de­liv­er­abil­ity chal­lenges with the ap­proved scheme, which we are seek­ing to re­solve in di­a­logue with Cheltenham Bor­ough Coun­cil.

“Our plan­ning ap­peal to in­clude a Costa drive-thru will be con­sid­ered again in De­cem­ber this year, fol­low­ing an er­ror with the orig­i­nal ap­peal de­ci­sion.”

It de­clined to com­ment on when build­ing work on the Aldi might be­gin.

David Oakhill, the coun­cil’s head of plan­ning, said: “The na­ture of our cur­rent dis­cus­sions with Hin­ton Group are com­mer­cially sen­si­tive, so it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate for the coun­cil to dis­close these de­tails.”

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