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Secretary of State grants new Costa Coffee

Planning permission has been granted, by the secretary of State no less, for a new coffee shop in Gloucestershire.

The mixed-use scheme near Stroud will transform a small, vacant, triangular plot at the entrance to the business park into a new coffee shop and drive-through facility.

There will be 32 customer car spaces for Costa Coffee and also a 42-space car park for engineering company Sartorius Stedim, which is headquartered at the Stonehouse business park.

The planning application was turned down by Stroud District Council in August 2018. An appeal to the Secretary of State was granted on July 17, 2019.

Inspector Helen O'Connor said in her report: "The proposal would be an appropriate location for the development and would constitute a complementary ancillary use to the surrounding key employment sites.

"The proposal would not lead to significant impacts on the transport networks in terms of capacity and congestion."

Robert Hitchins Ltd has developed and manages Stonehouse Park for companies including National Nuclear Laboratory, Schenck Process UK, Club Communications Ltd, Green Gourmet and Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd.

The site at the entrance, Plot G, is the last phase of the development.

Michael Plimmer, senior development manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said the application for the mixed-use scheme had received a lot of local support from the business community

"This is the last piece of the jigsaw at Stonehouse Park. From what is a fairly small, awkward-shaped site we are delighted to have been able to design a scheme with a high-quality coffee shop that will provide a much-needed facility and meeting place for the surrounding business parks, together with an important car parking facility for local employer Sartorius to assist with their future growth needs."

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