Plans for drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop at supermarket

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jan 2019

Coffee-loving commuters could soon have a treat in store as plans have been submitted for a drive-thru Starbucks at the Laceby Morrisons.

Morrisons supermarket has submitted a planning application to North East Lincolnshire Council asking for permission to create a drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop in its car park.

The coffee shop would be located in the south eastern area of the car park, and have seven dedicated parking spaces, including disability and parent and child bays.

The proposed building will be single storey, with a mono-pitch roof design and would cover 167 square metres. The developers said in their planning statement: “The proposed small-scale drive thru’ unit will represent a complementary addition to the established range of uses within the Morrisons site and wider area providing enhanced local facilities for existing shoppers, local residents and passing motorists on Grimsby Road.

Morrisons have submitted plans for a drive-thru Starbucks in its car park. (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

“The proposed development will also generate a number of job opportunities for local people and the employment and economic benefits associated with the proposals should be afforded significant weight in the assessment of the proposals.”

There have been a couple of complaints regarding the development, coming from two local residents and the Grimsby Civic Society, who feel that the area is becoming too industrialised and the addition of another drive-thru in the car park could make it dangerous for pedestrians, as there is already a McDonalds.

Mr Turner of the Civic Society said: “The committee noted the proposed development of the drive-thru coffee shop but question the need for it at all, since it is so close to the McDonald’s outlet.

“It is already a somewhat precarious corner, as customers exit the car park without giving due care and attention which is required as people cross to McDonald’s from the main car park. We do not approve of the plan.” While local resident Claire Oliver said: “This would cause extra noise pollution in an already noisy residential area.

There is already a drive-thru that sells coffee in the car park. (Image: Jon Corken)

“At present Morrison’s make no effort to limit the noise coming from car park due to congregating cars and youths playing loud music and racing cars around.

“This is whilst they actually have the yellow gates which could be locked to prevent this happening.

“Therefore we have no faith in this new establishment being any different or having been monitored closely feel it would have a detrimental effect on house prices and neighbours’ wellbeing. It is already stressful having to put up with the noise.”

Other residents have also raised concerns over the increase in litter that the drive-thru could lead to.

However the Laceby Parish Council, who cover the area, have not raised any objections to the development.

The plans, which are recommended for approval by the council, are set to be debated by the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee on Wednesday, January 9, at Grimsby Town Hall.

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