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Starbucks drive-through could be built on supermarket car park

PUBLISHED: 08:47 01 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:20 01 February 2019

The Asda store in Lowestoft, where the new Starbucks coffee shop development is being proposed for the southern section of the Asda car park. Picture: Google Images

The Asda store in Lowestoft, where the new Starbucks coffee shop development is being proposed for the southern section of the Asda car park. Picture: Google Images

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A drive-through Starbucks coffee shop could create new jobs as it is built on part of a supermarket’s car park.

Plans have been unveiled for a new Starbucks development to be located on part of the Asda car park on Belvedere Road in Lowestoft.

The plans – which have been submitted to Waveney District Council – centre around a drive-through outlet of the coffee giant, with associated car parking spaces and signage.

And if the development is given the go-ahead, it would create 15 full-time jobs and 10 part-time positions.

A design and access statement, produced by Dovetail Architects Ltd on behalf of Burney Midlands Ltd, states: “The proposal is for a Starbucks building to be constructed in the southern section of the Asda car park.

“The proposed site is designed in such a way that it will have frontage towards Belvedere Road.”

The proposed development of the site, which measures around 1243sq m, would see a “single-storey high, new built commercial unit” created.

The application says: “Included within the construction of the building will be a drive-through, eight extra parking spaces, and an outdoor seating area. “The building itself will be single storey with room inside for enough indoor seating, toilets, a kitchen area and a service counter area.”

If given the go-ahead, the new development would replace 48 existing parking spaces.

The application says: “Asda have conducted surveys and concluded that there is an excess number of parking bays in their car parks.

“They have instead decided to use the space for a new development to complement their business.

“Access to Starbucks is directly through the main Asda car park, this drive-through is one way, to stop anyone from entering from the wrong direction.”

The proposal is currently “awaiting decision”.

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