Starbucks drive thru approved despite fears of car park 'hell'

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jan 2019

Starbucks is coming to Laceby and creating 20 new jobs.

Councillors voted by the narrowest of margins yesterday to approve plans to build the new drive thru coffee shop in a corner of Morrisons car park.

But deliberation over the single-story shop came with fears of extra noise, litter, light pollution and fears of "horrendous" traffic.

The loss of 47 car parking spaces in the south end of the car park sparked fears that queues from the new Starbucks would block exit from the car park and add to traffic congestion.

The drive thru is planned for the south-eastern corner of Morrisons car park(Image: Copyright unknown)

"It's already hell to get to the petrol station," said Wolds ward member Councillor David Hasthorpe.

"We are creating a bottleneck. I have not got a problem with the development. I just think we need to think of the fine points of it."

England Lyle Good Planning, acting on behalf of applicant WM Morrison, said the application would redevelop an "underutilised" area of the car park and create 20 new job opportunities.

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But it could not allay the fears of Councillor Janet Goodwin: "I use Morrisons quite a lot. It's horrendous. You can be coming in turning right into the petrol station. There's people coming out turning left.

"It's got to a standstill where they have had staff out to direct people."

She added: "It's going to be horrendous. I am all for coffee shops but I can't believe that Morrisons are actually agreeing to it because it is just horrendous especially when there is a petrol war on."

The coffee shop would be sited next door to McDonald's (Image: Copyright unknown)

Councillor Ian Lindley was less concerned: "It is the nature of the beast that you're going to have a battle with traffic.

"I don't think we should be beating ourselves up about this."

He added: "Finding a space may be difficult but I am not sure it is going to be any different to other retail shops in the area."

Other concerns, from neighbouring residents and Laceby Parish Council, referred to the late opening times, dumped rubbish and light pollution.

Resident Patricia Barrett of Collingwood Crescent asked: "When is this industrialisation going to end?"

While Claire Oliver said disturbance from "loud music" and "racing cars" already meant she had no faith in the new establishment to be any different.

A number of conditions were added to the application including aligning opening hours to be the same as neighbouring McDonald's.

The final verdict was five votes in favour of the proposal and four against.

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