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Dunelm objects to opening of Costa Coffee drive-thru

Bosses at a home furnishing shop are looking to put a block on the opening of a new coffee drive-thru.

Dunelm at London Retail Park have formally objected to the proposed new Costa Coffee drive-thru that could be built in the car park of B&Q on London Road.


The home furnishing store is located across the car park from where the Costa could be located, but they are particularly worried about how much space the building will take up.


Andrew Wilkinson from Dunelm considers this an unnecessary over intensification of the retail park and the application should be refused.


The Estate Manager for the home furnishing business also has worries about how litter will be handled and says newly planted trees will "often be damaged by cars hitting them and

die in short order leaving unsightly muddy squares."

As well as that, in his objection to West Berkshire Council, Andrew said: "The servicing of the new unit is said to be via a Light Van vehicle type however, most out of town units are serviced by Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs). The likely mixing of HGVs and smaller customer vehicles / pedestrians should be eliminated as much as possible - there should be conditionality for deliveries and waste collections - to prevent accidents."


You can learn more about the plans by checking the app (20/02910/FUL) on the West Berkshire Council website.

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