Coffee shop with drive thru approved on appeal in Gosport


Location: Gosport

A new coffee shop at Gosport Leisure Centre, with indoor and outdoor seating and a drive thru facility, has been approved on appeal.

National consultancy Pegasus Group secured the approval on appeal on behalf of the London based developer Harkalm Investments Ltd.

The new coffee shop and drive thru at the junction of Fareham Road and Forest Way in Gosport is set to be operated by 23.5 Degrees, a franchisee of Starbucks based in Hampshire. It will include seating inside for 80 persons, with outdoor seating provision for 31 persons.

Jim Tarzey, of Pegasus Group’s London office, said:

“We are extremely pleased that the Inspector allowed the appeal, the focus of which was demonstrating that the drive thru element of the scheme would not be detrimental to the operation of the Leisure Park of which the site forms part.

We conducted detailed negotiations leading up to the original application being submitted and secured a recommendation for approval from planning officers, so it was disappointing when the application was refused by councillors in December 2018.

However, in his appeal decision the Inspector addressed all of the points we raised in detail and specifically concluded that the drive thru element of the proposals would be complementary to the existing nearby leisure uses .”

In his report of 27 June 2019, Planning Inspector Nick Davies said that the new coffee shop would have easy access footpaths to the existing mixed-use Gosport leisure complex which attracts a ‘significant number’ of people to its swimming pool, indoor sports facilities, outdoor 5-a-side pitches and ice-rink.

He said: “At present, the opportunity for users of the site to eat or drink as part of their visit to the other facilities on the complex is somewhat limited. The proposed development would increase the range of food and drink available within the complex. Its close association with the other facilities would result in a likely increase in the number of users of the leisure facilities choosing to stay at the complex longer, rather than seeking refreshments elsewhere.”

In allowing the appeal, the inspector imposed conditions including a Litter Management Plan, a restriction on the future use of the building as a coffee shop, and opening hours limited to between 6am and 11pm Monday to Saturday and between 6.30am and 10.30pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.

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