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Trouble stirs over coffee plan

Traffic and litter: Local residents are opposed to plans for a coffee shop at this established KFC restaurant in Preston New Road

Traffic and litter: Local residents are opposed to plans for a coffee shop at this established KFC restaurant in Preston New Road

A row is brewing over plans to open a coffee shop next to a fast food restaurant.

Residents of Preston New Road, Mellor Brook, have urged South Ribble Council’s planning committee to reject the proposal for a Costa Coffee unit beside the existing KFC.

Council officers have recommended approval.

Applicant Alison Roland said there would be a subdivision of the existing premises, and wants the removal of a previous planning condition requiring the north-eastern area of the building to be used for storage.

One resident said the application “makes a mockery of all local businesses and residents that abide by planning regulations” and argued that the site is a cause of disturbance.

A resident of Branch Road said the parking area was insufficient, while others raised concerns about heavy traffic on the road and litter.

In a report, Ms Roland stated: “In terms of parking, the site offers 36 parking spaces including two disabled bays. This is more than adequate to cater for the KFC and proposed Costa Coffee unit.”

She acknowledged the public opposition, but said the proposal “clearly complies with the Development Plan and attracts the principle in favour of sustainable development enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework.”

Adding: “There is also no demonstrable harm that would result from the proposal in terms of environmental or other disturbance as the existing site is currently in commercial use.”

If passed, the coffee shop is expected to create four full time and eight part-time jobs.

The case will be heard at a planning meeting on January 15 at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland.

 

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