Concern over Costa approval
1:29pm Wed Jan 23, 2013
A campaigner who set up a petition opposing the opening of a Costa Coffee in Bingham believes there will be more parking problems after planners gave the go ahead for the coffee giant to come to town.
A franchise of the chain is set to move into Eaton Place, despite more than 1,500 people signing petitions opposing the move.
An application from Coffee Lovers Limited, a franchise partner of Costa Coffee, to convert the former Odd Bins wine merchants to a mixed café/restaurant and retail unit was granted permission, subject to conditions, by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s development control committee.
Two petitions opposing the move — one containing 825 signatures and one of 781 — were submitted as well as four letters of objection from residents and two from the owners of cafés and restaurants.
However, the application was approved after planning officers said it would not result in a significant adverse effect on the vitality and viability, retail character and function of Bingham town centre.
The officers said the café may increase time spent in Bingham and the vibrancy of the centre.
The committee chairman, Bingham councillor Mrs Maureen Stockwood, told the meeting some people supported the application and many opposed it.
The petitions were set up by Mrs Julia Williams, of The Picture Café in the Market Place, and Mrs Elena Georgiou, who runs the Eaton Place Fish Bar and is involved with CP Interiors.
Mrs Georgiou said the campaign opposing the café was over because she had already seen people going into the empty unit.
She was concerned about the potential influx of extra cars into Bingham because the town already had limited parking space.
“There is no parking in Bingham. and this is going to cause more problems,” she said.
“Instead of sorting the problem, they have added to it.”
Objectors argued that Bingham already had a good mix of restaurants and cafés and Costa would have a detrimental impact on independent cafés in the Market Place.
They said the empty premises, on the corner of Eaton Place and the Market Place, would be better suited to a retail use.
Concerns about the impact on the market and litter, highways and parking issues were also raised.
The application was passed by 14 votes to one on condition a fume extraction plant was installed and the its opening hours were 7am-6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm Saturdays, and 9am-4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
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