Coffee outlet plans rejected

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PLANS for a new Costa Coffee branch in Bakewell have been refused after objections from more than 50 residents.

The Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee rejected planning permission due to ‘loss of vitality and viability in the town centre’ and because the plans would ‘harm the character of the central shopping area and conservation area’.

The plans were for the Bennetts shop, on King Street, in the town.

The planning committee heard there are already 24 cafes in Bakewell.

Some 58 letters of objection had been sent to the authority from residents and there was also concern from Bakewell Town Council. Its letter said: “If allowed, the proposal would risk damaging the existing mix of outlets.”