Drive-through Subway to be built at Clevedon Garages

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 September 2018

Clevedon Garage. Picture: Google

Clevedon Garage. Picture: Google

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A drive-through coffee shop and restaurant will be built at a garage despite opposition from councillors.

Clevedon Garages’ plans to expand its facilities were approved by North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee on September 12.

A single-storey drive-through Subway restaurant, 37 car parking spaces including two disabled bays, and cycle parking provision also form part of the proposals.

There will be room for seven cars to queue at the drive-through before the order point and four cars between the order and collection points.

The plans were criticised by Clevedon town council and the civic society who had concerns regarding surface water flooding, increased litter and additional traffic.

Clevedon ward Cllr David Shopland said: “This area is already a busy working area, there is a garage, petrol station, restaurant and supermarket, it is one of busiest sites and roads in the town.

“This is one of the shortest stretches of road between major highway junctions and is already very busy and grid locked at peak times as it now seems to be the alternative access to the motorway for southbound traffic from Portishead.

“On highways grounds alone it is madness to introduce any more traffic generating trade to this area.”

The site, which the garage purchased four years ago, was previously used as allotments.

It is anticipated Subway will provide at least six full-time jobs and a further six part-time roles.

The restaurant will be open from 7am-10pm on Monday to Sunday as well as bank holidays.

In a report to the committee, the planning officer said the proposals ‘will not have a significant impact on the existing levels of traffic or an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbours.”

The garage is located opposite council-owned building Castlewood, which is the town’s largest employee site and is due to double its desk space over the next 10 years, and Cllr Shopland believes additional workers and cars will cause more problems in Clevedon’s roads.

He added: “Trade is dying in the town centre, the last thing we need is an extra restaurant on the outskirts of town taking trade away.

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