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