A NEW Starbucks drive-thru would be a key part of a proposed business site that “would create dozens of jobs and attract investment to Portland.”
Pure Town Planning Limited has submitted an urban planning application for the construction of a cafe and nine business units associated with access, parking and landscaping works at the P Osprey Quay site, Hamm Beach Road.
Extensive plans show the drive-through coffee shop would be visible to motorists off the Hamm roundabout and near the new Lidl supermarket which opened last year.
Two commercial buildings, one with five dwellings and another with four dwellings, would be constructed on the eastern part of the site. These units will be occupied by commercial and warehousing and distribution companies.
A total of 26 parking spaces, including two disabled parking spaces, are offered for Starbucks while 50 parking spaces, including five disabled parking spaces, would be provided for the proposed commercial site in a separate parking lot.
The applicant believes that this development proposal “would bring investment to Portland” by building on a vacant site and would create “a significant economic benefit for the region, in particular through the creation of jobs”.
The town planning request specifies: “Driving coffee is not a use that is specified in the Local Plan.
“It is considered that this proposed use would complement local uses, serving residents for commercial, work or leisure uses. It is considered that this would be an appropriate use to add to the combination of retail, business, leisure and residential uses at Osprey Quay.
“It is clear that the proposal will have a visual impact on the character of the locality, moving from an open, undeveloped site to a developed site. However, this site has long been considered for development in the Osprey Quay attribution and in the masterplan.
“On this basis, a planning permission has been granted on the site for development in the past.”
A transport assessment, which assessed the impact of the development on nearby roads, found that the site would have no “negative impact” on the local road network.
Local councilor Paul Kimber believes the plans need to be considered in more detail before a decision is made on the future of the site.
In his comment on the request, he said: “I suggest it goes to the planning committee to review the environmental protection policy. (The) reason is that it encourages people to use their cars more when we should be encouraging people to use their cars less.
If approved, it would become the region’s second Starbucks after the coffee giant opened a similar branch next to Aldi in Chickerell. The agency, opened in May 2019, has created 14 jobs in the territory.
A Starbucks spokesperson was unable to release any information about the proposed Portland branch.
She said: “We are always on the lookout for new locations and opportunities to bring the Starbucks experience to customers in the UK, but at this time we have no updates to share on the plans in Portland. ”
Comments on the application are invited via the Dorset Council website. Find application number WP / 20/00705 / FUL