A DRIVE-THRU coffee shop will be built in the car park of a Bradford supermarket after new plans were approved.
A parking area at the Asda supermarket on Cemetery Road, Lidget Green, has been deemed “surplus” by the supermarket giant.
And now a planning application to build a cafe on the site has been approved by Bradford Council.
Applicants Euro Garages said they were currently unable to confirm an operator for the coffee shop.
Over 40 parking spaces for the supermarket will be lost once the new business is built in the parking area – separate from the store’s main car park.
But the plans, submitted to the Council earlier this summer, included a traffic report that provided evidence that the loss of spaces would not cause traffic issues for the supermarket.
New drive-thru coffee shop plan approved
It claims that even at its busiest periods there would still be ample space for shoppers to park.
The application said: “The proposed development will provide a new drive-thru food service unit resulting in the loss of 41 car parking spaces within the existing store car park.
“This is the section of parking most remote from the foodstore and has been deemed to be surplus to requirements by the operator.
“The parking provision of the wider retail site has been reviewed and it is shown that significant spare capacity will be retained once the development is in place.
“The traffic generating potential of the development has been considered and is not expected to lead to any significant increase in vehicle movements to the site with the majority of trips to be linked with vehicles already accessing the wider site.”
The application has now been approved by planning officers under delegated powers. Their planning report said: “The proposal has in its favour that it will bring employment opportunities additional to those that have already been created by the superstore.
“The store has been positioned and laid out so that it can function alongside the existing access and movement arrangements for both vehicles and pedestrians.
“There is also space within the lay out for a number of vehicles to wait without impacting the flow or movement of traffic around the main parking area.
“The proposed unit will sit comfortably in the setting and will bring with it employment opportunities and economic benefits, albeit on a modest scale.”
Once built, the cafe will be the latest in a number of drive thru coffee shops to spring up in Bradford in recent years.
A Costa unit opened off Canal Road as part of the New Bolton Woods development last year, and a drive thru Starbucks opened off Leeds Road in Thornbury in Spring.
And plans to build a drive thru coffee shop on a former filling station on Wakefield Road were approved in February.