Objections raised to new Coffee#1 shop proposal

Plans for a new Coffee #1 shop in the Bedminster district of Bristol have been knocked by local traders, who submitted over 60 objections to the planning application.

Nearby traders have claimed that the introduction of the coffee shop chain would cause trouble for local independent coffee shops.

Coffee #1 currently owns four coffee shops in Bishopston, Fishponds, Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym, as well as others across Wales and the south west.

The application forms submitted on behalf of Coffee#1 said: “The proposed development will have numerous benefits for the local community and wider Bedminster town centre.

“The new shopfront will be an improvement on the existing design, which will be far more in keeping with the traditional character of the building and surrounding area.

“Furthermore, the use of the property as a coffee shop will increase the vitality and viability of the centre, as well as increasing employment opportunities.”

Many of the objectors said a shop would help boost the economy of the area more than a café would do.

The shops sell pastries, toasties, cakes and Spanish barra gallega bread. 

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