Coffee house passed despite overcrowding fears

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A planning application for a coffee shop in Burton Latimer has been passed, despite more than 150 people signing a petition against it.

The proposal for a coffee shop and mixed retail unit in 100-102 High Street, in the town, was passed unanimously by Kettering Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, July 17.

Residents raised their concerns at the meeting about this being another coffee shop in the town, but councillors decided to follow the recommendations of council officers in passing it.

The unit has been vacant for over a year, with its last use being a pharmacy.

Speaking at the meeting, resident Richard Clark said: “The town is full of food outlets, there was 21 in the last count of A1 licences.”

But the applicant, Sham Sudern, said: “It’s not going to be another restaurant. We’re asking for a A1/A3 mixed licence.

“It will be an upmarket coffee house which will sell the likes of paninis and cookies.

“The retail aspect will be kept apart.”

Mr Sudern also said he hopes a crèche will be placed in the building, with the venue to act as a meeting place for adults with children.

Cllr Ruth Groome, who represents Burton Latimer on Kettering Council, said: “Our concern is seeing businesses that people have worked on for years going under because of one more similar unit.”