Council to consider new Costa shop plans including air-conditioning

South Hams Council to discuss Costa Coffee’s plans to open a new coffee shop in Dartmouth

The development management committee at South Hams Council are due to hold a meeting to discuss the future of a prospective Costa Coffee house, which the coffee chain is planning to open in Dartmouth, following renovation and air-conditioning installation work.

The meeting has been called by Councillor Jonathan Hawkins for Wednesday, January 18, as the plans have caused some controversy in the area amongst business owners and local residents.

The new coffee shop would be opened in the former gift and chocolate which occupied numbers 5-9 in Victoria Road.

The planning application asks for the go ahead to update the shop front; to install three new air-conditioning units on the side of the property; and to advertise using a facia sign and one protruding sign which would also be newly installed.

Costa believes a new coffee shop in Victoria Road would increase the volume of people visiting the town centre and create new jobs for local residents.

However, some locals have contacted the council regarding concerns about the planned coffee shop, including the effect it would have on the cottages situated behind the targeted shop.

Some people said there would be an increase in commercial waste production and that the noise of commercial collection will distract nearby properties. Others have complained about the potential noise caused by the air-conditioning units.

Of the 609 people who took part in a recent poll carried out by the Chronicle, 59% said they would welcome a new Costa shop.

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