An Esso garage site in a local market town is about to be replaced by an international coffeehouse chain. Starbucks is set to throw open the doors to its first franchise in Ramsbottom.
Locals will be able to grab coffee inside or via the brand new drive-thru which will be located at 40 Stubbins Lane.
Plans to demolish the existing petrol station, car wash and industrial building and replace it with the drive-thru coffee shop have been approved by planning officers at Bury Council.
A new petrol filling station, convenience store and associated car parking will also be erected.
Euro Garages Ltd are behind the project and now operate in excess of 67 safe hands drive-to and drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants, almost 200 fast food restaurants and 100 bakeries across the UK.
Two new ATM points will also be provided and there will be a night service desk.
Starbucks will be located where the car wash currently is situated, spanning 190 square metres.
An access road for the drive-thru and associated customer parking will be constructed.
Customers will place their order at the pick up point and then pay and collect their order from the ‘Pickup’ service point at the back of the building, before exiting through the petrol filling station forecourt.
A total of 20 parking spaces, including two disabled bays, will be located at the front of the Starbucks.
The plans state: “Although the proposals will increase the amount of development on the site, the new buildings will be single storey and sited in the same location within the site as the existing convenience store and drive-thru car wash.
“The proposals will not alter the character of the use at the site and will improve the visual appearance of the service station as a whole, with upgraded modern and high quality replacement buildings which will provide enhanced facilities for the local population and passing motorists.”
The proposals have been approved with a list of set conditions including that no trees shall be demolished between the March, 1 and August, 31 in any year unless a detailed bird nest survey is conducted to ensure no active bird nests are present.
By Olivia Baron Trainee Live News Reporter