Birmingham City Council Planning Committee has today (Thursday 1st August) unanimously APPROVED an application to build a ‘drive thru’ coffee shop in the car park of a Rubery supermarket.
The approved application – submitted by Morrisons – allows for the construction of a ‘drive thru’ with its own parking and associated landscaping to sit in the western part of the car park, between the store and the petrol station.
As part of the assessment of the application, other locations in Longbridge, Rubery, Frankley and Cofton Hackett were examined by developers and city planners but none were found to be appropriate for the coffee shop development.
The coffee shop has been approved to operate between 5.30am and 11pm daily, including Bank Holidays.
It is expected that the store will provide 15 full time and 15 part time jobs.
An outline application to build ten homes off Ash Bridge Court, to the rear of Leach Green Lane was approved.
The development could comprise 4 three bedroom properties and 6 four bedroom properties.
During consulation, local residents and Cllr Adrian Delaney raised concerns regarding many issues, including loss of light and privacy, loss of mature trees and use of Ash Bridge Court, which is a quiet cul-de-sac, as access for heavy plant machinery during the build.
Planning committee members offered several reasons for rejection which the council’s planning officer advised on at the meeting.
Reasons considered were:
• Loss of trees
• Impact on residential amenity (overlooking, privacy, loss of light)
• Mature suburbs: including density, build form, access, size of plot
The council’s planning officer explained that the reasons given would be hard to uphold at appeal if used to reject at an outline planning application stage.
• Back land development – the planning officer said there was no local or national policy to prevent building behind exiting properties but this could be a possible reason for refusal, although again she recommended this may not be a strong enough reason at outline planning stage.
The committee voted against the reason for refusal and a second vote approved the outline planning permission. Now a full planning application must be submitted so all the above considerations can be addressed and considered once full details are examined.