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Costa drive-through plan for Gloucester Quays thrown out

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

How Costa drive-through will look at Triangle Park

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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.”

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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.

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  • jas37  |  February 06 2014, 9:36PM

    Something smells fishy here. Bishop's appear to have been trying to hold the City to ransom for years. I don't know a single person that believes Bishop's intend to develop their land at Baker's Quay and the "plans" that they did announce were totally contrary to the agreed Quays master plan. I fear the Council are digging themselves into a hole and some sort of Inquiry will eventually be required and red faces (or much worse) will result. I don't wish to see our Council tax spent on huge legal fees to try and defend Council blunders and cover ups.

  • Rob_quedgeley  |  February 06 2014, 7:32AM

    So two applications from Peel are rejected in one week. Applications from a company that has invested 100s of millions and regenerated a huge portion of the city with a history of delivering on what they promise. Rejected because of concerns from Stanhope and Dick Bishop... Who make bold statements and then go silent for months and years and deliver nothing. What's going on?

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  • ATTERS72  |  February 05 2014, 9:34PM

    Yet the planners decide aldi can sell whatever they want 100 yards over the road from the quays and that the famous development by the bishops can have a drive through coffee shop but stop the ones who are actually getting on with it and putting their money where there mouth is are getting turned down. Somethings not quite right here.

  • Thomasjamesl1  |  February 05 2014, 8:32PM

    this is double standards the planners have lost the plot bishop isnt going to do anything unless the council give him the money to do it cpo the site

  • Salvo2304  |  February 05 2014, 5:06PM

    Will Dick Bishop ever follow through with any plans his 'company' makes. all he ever seems to do is hold land to ransom.