Drive-through coffee shop plan for main road into Chorley
A drive-through coffee outlet could be built alongside a major route in and out of Chorley town centre.
A planning application to create a 24-hour facility on the A6 Preston Road has been lodged by the billionaire Blackburn-based brothers who recently bought Asda.
Moshin and Zuber Issa’s EG Group specialises in petrol station forecourts and roadside eateries.
It currently operates over 110 Starbucks outlets, suggesting that the proposed Chorley outlet will host the same brand - although the planning application does not specify that detail and the EG Group has so far not responded to a request from the Local Democracy Reporting Service for confirmation.
Documents submitted to Chorley Council state that the company intends to purchase the plot - at the junction with Chorley Hall Road, on the outbound side of the A6 - if its planning application is successful.
The site has lain derelict for well over a decade and was previously home to a Kwik Save store, although its most recent use was as a petrol station.
The company has stated that it will be able to start work on the development “immediately”, if approval is granted - and that it will lead to the creation of 20 jobs.
Its application notes the “distinct lack” of drive-through coffee outlets in the area, with the nearest offering being McDonald’s on the outskirts of the town centre. However, coffee is served at a petrol station directly opposite the proposed site.
The documentation also stresses that the facility would not become “a destination in its own right”, with an estimate that 80 percent of custom would be from passing trade - reducing the potential impact of the plans on Chorley town centre and generating less than one vehicle movement per minute in the area.
The drive-through lane would be located to the rear of the development, which would also incorporate 20 car parking spaces, two electric vehicle recharging points and two bike stands.
It is expected that the pedestrian accessibility of the site would attract custom from the nearby Highfield Industrial Estate and neighbouring residential properties.
“The site currently lies redundant and features bare land which detracts from the character and appearance of the area,” the application to Chorley Council notes.
“It comprises a long-term vacancy which has failed to come forward despite successful planning permissions. The development of an attractive and contemporary scheme will therefore enhance the visual amenity of the site.”