This is where a new drive-thru Starbucks and Greggs could be opening in Sheffield

Sheffield Council officers have recommended approval of plans to build a new drive-thru Starbucks and Greggs in a city suburb.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 12:30 pm

A decision on whether to grant approval for the proposal is due to be made at a planning and highways committee meeting tomorrow.

If given a green light, the development will include two retail units – one understood to be Greggs – and a cafe with a drive-thru facility – understood to be Starbucks – with 31 car parking spaces and associated access at The Common, in Ecclesfield.

In a report, officers said: “There are no suitable or available in centre, edge of centre, or sequentially preferable out of centre sites capable of accommodating the proposed development and it is considered that the small size of the proposal is unlikely to draw trade from food and non-food stores in Chapeltown to the extent that it will undermine the vitality and viability of the centre as whole.

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Planning officers at Sheffield Council have recommended the plans be approved

“The existing site contributes little to the character of the area. The proposed development comprises of three relatively small single storey units, a new one metre high stone wall along the site frontage and landscaping which will contribute to the character of the area.

“The proposals will not cause significant harm to the living conditions of nearby residents.

“It is considered that the anticipated trip generation from the proposed development is relatively minor compared to existing background traffic conditions residents and the proposals raise no highway safety concerns.

“It is considered that the benefits of the proposal significantly and demonstrably outweigh the adverse impacts of the proposal when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole.”

A total of 33 representations were received from local residents – 28 objections and four in support.

There were also two petitions against the proposals with a combined signature total of 278.

Concerns raised included worries over harmful impact on local businesses and increase traffic.

Those in support said it could bring jobs to the area and attract more footfall.

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