A planning application has been submitted for the former Barclays Bank on Coleshill High Street. The application is to split the building into two individual units. One would become a Costa Coffee and the other would become a retail unit where the occupant is not yet named. 

The application can be viewed online by clicking here. 

In their planning statement, the applicant states the following;

“The proposal is to subdivide the existing bank (A2 use), into two separate units, being a mixed class coffee shop (A1/A3 use), and a retail unit (A1 use).

The proposed A1 use will provide a small retail unit that will leased out separately with the exact occupant to be confirmed at a later stage. The proposal on the left hand side of the unit when viewed from the main road is for an A1/A3 mix, facilitating its use as a Costa Coffee shop. This mix is important to note, as different to a standard café that trades solely under A3, it also functions as a retail unit for the take away purchases of hot and cold beverages as well as cold/warmed food. The sale of other comparison goods such as coffee beans and other coffee paraphernalia further contributes towards the A1 mix thereby contributing to the vitality and viability of the shopping frontage. The A3 part of the mixed use relates to the drinks and food items that are consumed on the premises. Various appeal decisions by the planning inspectorate confirm this is indeed the correct usage for such a coffee shop.

The nature of this style of coffee shop means that no primary cooking facilities will be installed, as the only food items served within the premises are pre-manufactured off-site. The only food to be warmed is then the panini which is done by a panini grill behind the servers which does not require any extraction or ventilation.

The above means that we are happy for a planning approval to be conditioned so that no primary cooking facilities are to be installed, allowing for heating of pre-packaged items only. This will therefore restrict any uses of the store as predominantly A3 in the future which could give rise to detrimental impact to the surrounding amenities through noise or smell. “

I’d really welcome your thoughts on this application. Whilst it might be better to have a High Street without empty shop units, I do worry about the impact this development might have on our other coffee shops owned independently. 

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