An Aberdeen community council has objected to plans to create a drive-thru coffee shop amid concerns over the number of catering facilities in the area.
Nigg Community Council has submitted a letter to Aberdeen City Council planning officers stating it does not support proposals to create the coffee outlet at the Makro site in Aberdeen’s Wellington Circle.
It’s planned the coffee shop would be occupied by Starbucks and will be the first of its kind in the region. The 184sqm building would occupy part of the car park to the south-east of the Makro building.
There are currently 462 car parking spaces, but this would drop to around 440.
But in a letter to the city council, Nigg Community Council chairman Alan Strachan said: “The proposed application would constitute an additional danger to pedestrians using this part of Wellington Circle which is already planned to be the main access road for the proposed new secondary school in the Loirston expansion area.”
It continues: “There is likely to be a significant increase in vehicle movements within the area which will put additional strain on the A956 Wellington Road and the surrounding road network which struggles to cope with existing traffic levels.”
Mr Strachan said the plans will add to an “over provision” of catering outlets in the area which currently includes Burger King.
Councillor Allan Donnelly, who represents residents in Torry, said: “It’s a very innovative idea.
“Starbucks is a big, multi-national firm and I would like to see this approved.
“There is a lot of new housing in Loirston and a lot of activity in that area in terms of industrial development. I think serious consideration should be given to the plans because I think it’s a good idea.”