Costa Coffee’s scheme to open a drive-through branch at Chelston has been approved by Taunton planners. The new branch will be on Westpark 26, off the Budgens roundabout.
Costa already has a branch on the High St at the Waitrose traffic lights. However, the coffee giant (recently bought from Whitbread by Coca Cola for £3.9bn) says the two outlets will not clash and no jobs will be lost. In fact, the company says it will create 12-15 new jobs for the area.
One letter of support praised the new “high quality development” in the Chelston and Westpark area, saying it will reflect positively on the area.
When the town council discussed the plans back in the summer opinions were divided on the merits of a new coffee outlet competing with town centre shops. The public were also split.
One letter to Taunton planners against the development claimed the Costa outlet would take business away from other coffee shops in the town and the building would be “another eyesore on the approaches to Wellington”..
But a letter of support praised the new “high quality development” in the Chelston and Westpark area, saying it will reflect positively on the area.
The venue will include 167 square metre floorspace with a 30-space car park to the north, including two disabled spaces and a footpath.