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Third time lucky for Harrogate drive-thru Starbucks?

Third time lucky for Harrogate drive-thru Starbucks?

Published by Lisa Darvill with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 3:30pm 9th December 2019.

Could it be third-time lucky for a plan to open a drive-thru Starbucks in Harrogate?

  • An application was submitted in May
  • Euro Garages wants to convert a former dental surgery on Wetherby Road 
  • Plans to open a drive-thru coffee shop have previously been rejected 
  • But a new application is being recommended for approval 
  • Councillors will make a decision on Monday 16th December 

International petrol station-managing firm Euro Garages submitted an application in May to convert a former dental surgery on Wetherby Road into a drive-thru coffee shop.

Last year, a Government Inspector upheld Harrogate Borough Council’s decision to reject a similar proposal last year.

Euro Garages had lodged an appeal after their application was knocked back by the authority in August 2017 amid concerns over the impact it might have on highway safety, air quality and nearby residents.

Potential site of Starbucks Dribve thru Wetherby Road
The application is to turn this site into a Starbucks drive-thru. Image Credit: Google Maps


A representative of the Government Inspectorate subsequently backed the council’s decision, on the grounds that a business at the site would cause “unacceptable” harm to the living conditions of nearby residents.

However, in an updated planning statement, Euro Garages state the inspector’s decision was considered “very carefully” in the revised scheme.

The new plans include a reduction in the size of the proposed building to allow for an increased amount of landscaping between the business and neighbouring properties, while parking has been relocated to the front of the unit further away from existing dwellings.

Starbucks Coffee


Harrogate Council’s planning committee will now consider the new application when it meets on Monday December 16.

The council’s planning officers are recommending that the plans can now be approved due to the changes made by the applicant.

A report prepared for councillors notes:

“This revised proposed information has demonstrated to Officers that the proposed development can operate in the area without causing a detrimental impact to the neighbouring residents or business.”

The application includes plans for 19 car parking spaces, while the proposed trading hours would see the shop open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 7am to 8pm on Sundays and public holidays.

It will be the third time plans for a coffee shop will have come before the council, with the proposal first lodged in April 2012.

That application was withdrawn the following October amid objections from local residents, before the first revised application was submitted – and subsequently rejected – in 2017.