Dreams of turning a derelict site at Gloucester Quays into a new Costa drive-through were dashed when city councillors said they didn’t want ‘some pokey little, itsy bitsy coffee shop’ on the prominent site.
The drive-through had been planned for the site of the former Peel House, off St Ann Way, at the junction with Baker Street, which is the entrance to the Gloucester Quays multi-storey car park.
But Peel Outlets, who own the site, had their plan thrown out by the city council’s planning committee on Monday.
Councillor Andy Lewis (C, Quedgeley Severn Vale) said: “We don’t want some pokey little, itsy bitsy coffee shop on one of the most prominent sites. We need something of a higher quality as you come into the city.”
Fellow councillor Mary Smith (L, Robinswood) said: “The Quays are a great source of pride for all of us and it is so beautiful inside.
“To have what looks more like a car park running alongside it would be such a shame. That is basically what you are going to see if this went through.
“We shouldn’t lower our standards to that.”
Councillors were left unhappy with the plan to have a car park at the front of the site, with the building set back.
Councillor Mark Hobbs (L, Moreland) said: “We need to preserve a good sight line along this main road into the city.”
Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: “This is a very poor use of this important site. To have a drive-through coffee shop here would make it look like one of those great big freeways in the US – not something we want in Gloucester.”
If the Costa had been given the go-ahead it would become the city’s 12th venue where coffee lovers could pick up a hot drink from the company.
The plans were drawn up by Peel last year and were seen as a direct threat to Dick Bishop’s plans for a Costa, hotel and pub complex on the adjacent Bakers Quay site, which have never come to fruition.
Mr Bishop has recently said that his plans are ‘not far off’ despite being first announced in March last year.
It comes just weeks after plans for a drive-through Costa were approved for the Triangle Park site, off Metz Way. That Costa will be built to the left of the entrance road into the site.