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Somerset’s new drive-through cafe could be built near the A303 Bath City News

Plans to build a new drive-through cafe at a site in Wincanton have been revealed.

The proposed new cafe would be built at Long Close in the city’s Wincanton Gateway shopping area, off the A303.

Planning documents submitted to local council by Hopkins Estates indicate that a franchisee already has a business interest in the site.

Although the interested party has not been disclosed, the two largest drive-thru franchise operators in the UK are Starbucks and Costa.

The town planning documents indicate: “The drive-thru was located at the entrance to the land and includes a mainly single-storey building.

“Outdoor seating, a bicycle storage room and two disabled spaces are available outside the café.

“The site is one of the last vacant plots of land in the Long Close / Wincanton Gateway shopping area, which currently contains a range of units including a KFC, Travelodge, Marston pub known as Wagtail and a McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru.

“A franchisee has a commercial interest in this site and wishes to extend his service offering by building a drive-thru / café with a terrace.

Plans for the coffee drive on offer in Wincanton

The planning documents add: “We consider all applicable policies of the SSDC local plan to support the development of this site.

“Its proposed use for commercial development will make the most effective and efficient use of land in a sustainable location, contributing to employment growth and increasing the range of business opportunities available in the region.

The proposals also include a large commercial building for the site, although there are currently no interested tenants for this element of the planned project.

The planning documents read as follows: “The proposals are for a commercial building of 686.66 m², parking for 39 cars and ancillary works including fencing and landscaping.

“The building has been designed flexibly so that it can be divided into a range of units of different sizes which will depend on occupant demand.

“Right now there are no specific occupants in mind so it’s unclear exactly what level of space individual businesses may require.”

The request will be considered by South Somerset District Council over the next few months.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-11 14:52:41

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