Costa will 'preserve appearance of Wells conservation area'
A NEW coffee shop is on its way to Wells High Street.
Costa Coffee has been granted planning permission to open in the old Stead and Simpson store.
There had been objections to Costa coming to Wells from residents, other businesses and councillors.
They claimed that there were enough cafes in the city already.
However, the number of cafes left Mendip District Council’s planning manager for the built environment, Matthew Williams, unfazed.
In his report Mr Williams said: “The proposal, by reason of its design, scale and layout would be in keeping with its surroundings.
“The character and appearance of the Conservation Area would be preserved.”
Mr Williams then explained that Costa’s application fitted in with Mendip’s vision for the city.
He said: “The proposal accords with the council’s settlement strategy for the location of new development.”
He explains that as the new cafe would not result in three shop fronts in a row being non-retail the application was acceptable.
He said: “The proposal, by reason of its design, scale and layout, would safeguard the amenities of neighbouring residents and adjoining land users.”
A Costa spokesman said: “We’re delighted to open our doors in Wells.
“Our coffee shops are used as a meeting hub for many local communities and, as with all our stores, we’ll look to play our part by encouraging groups and charities to use our store as a meeting point.
“We offer an exceptional experience and we look forward to welcoming local residents with a cup of Costa coffee and a slice of cake.”
They plan to open the store in November and create at least eight jobs.