HUNDREDS of objections have been registered in opposition to a national coffee chain’s second attempt to move into a seaside Suffolk town.

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District planners have been inundated by letters and e-mails protesting at a resubmitted application by Costa Coffee to open a branch in Southwold.

More than 300 objections have been logged in the three weeks since the company announced a second bid to move into the High Street.

It came less than a month after an initial application, which itself attracted 97 complaints, was turned down by Waveney District Council’s development control committee.

Posters condemning the resubmission have been put up around the town as part of a campaign calling for it to again be thrown out under planning policy CS10, protecting existing “retail, leisure and office facilities to ensure continued vitality and viability”.

Guy Mitchell, chairman of Southwold and District Chamber of Trade, said: “We see no reason why Waveney would not throw this submission out for the same reason.

“People are making themselves quite clear by writing to Waveney in objection. This is rather more than signing a petition – it requires effort.”

In resubmitting, Costa Coffee, represented by estate agents Savills, argued that the increased competition caused by opening a new branch was not a planning issue, and claimed an outlet would complement independent retailers and employ local people. The company urged the council to reconsider its decision to refuse the application or face a potential appeal.

The latest proposal is due to go before the committee the week beginning Monday, August 13.

In the meantime, letters of objection continue to be logged with Waveney – one of the latest reading: “Southwold has a small resident population, and relies heavily on tourism. Its reputation is, and always has been, as a characterful town with an interesting range of largely independent owned shops.

“Over the years the style of those shops has changed as tastes change, but the essential character has remained the same.”

26 comments

  • I have always thought that Costa Coffee was right upmarket , Its Reggies on the Market for tea or coffee for me in Norwich, Would be nice to see a planing aplication in Southwold for a Wheatherspoons or heaven forbid a Ann Summmers .

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I regulary visit southwold on my noisy sports bike and i would more than love to have a decent coffee from costa coffee instead of having to pay through the nose at some of the other outlets near the sea.

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    pongo

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Who needs to drink coffee when there is a perfectly good brewer in the town - a drop of Adnams will go down well!

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    Tractorboy

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • There were nearly a thousand objections to a public house in Gorleston being demolished to make way for a block of social housing. All of which were in-vain as the planning committee approved the developer`s application. A salutary lesson for the people of Waveney who, if Costa takes it all the way to an appeal, will be the losers in the long run as lawyers don`t come cheap nowadays.

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    BG

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • It should be the residents of Southwold that decide, not the planners. Lets have a true big soc and let the people decide.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • i see reggies advertise tea 50p a mug? i only saw this last week on a new advert board on the market.cheapest and best tea in city it says.why pay more?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Double Bill - you read my comment wrong. This debacle has got nothing to do with the tax payer.

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    BG

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Southwold is a great little place, if a little bit twee these days. It's all very well saying what 'you' don't want, it's much harder to say what you do want. Here is a shop which is vacant. If not Costa what, then, is acceptable to the people who are objecting. If nobody else is willing to open a shop then perhaps an estate agent or conversion to more holiday flats is indicated. Otherwise the objectors themselves must open a shop that is to their liking. Personally, I don't think a Costa will hurt Southwold any more than FatFace has. Costa is preferable to Starbucks or MacDonalds - now there's a thought. Finally, when at the seaside always look for the Fish & Chip shop that is used by the locals not the trippers!

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    RichardS

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Well done Southwold residents. I have never understood why people use these places? You order a coffee which takes ages to make in their ridiculous over hyped, over marketed machines and end up with a cup of luke warm froth! Oh yes, and you pay a small fortune for the privelege. Still there will always be gullible people who enjoy this sort of overpriced rubbish!

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    smithrob

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • bg who says costa will be the losers ? if an appeal wins the taxpayer foots the costs

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Someone mentioned FatFace-well ok, but go to places like Ely, Bury any small town and chains like Fatface, WH Smiths, NewLook-oh name any one you choose, are there, moved into the small shop units. Now of course they provide some shoppers with what they want, but their chain buying power probably means they can afford higher rents or property prices and beat local independents to the tenancy or ownership of shops in small towns.The independents can be as good as they like, but as soon as the chains undercut them on the bread and butter stuff they start to struggle and then we are the losers because the chains wont carry that little something extra or nicer. Ely's wonderful toy shop is a good example-sells toys you will never find in a supermarket or WH Smiths or Argos,but now it faces competition from all of those for the custom of those buying the more run of the mill toys.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • you are preaching to the choir mate--i take a flask on holiday. even abroad.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • sorry bg !!

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Maybe some people,visitors or local, would like to keep somewhere as a haven from Costa -which is what, Whitbread, same as Premier Inns? If visitor and secondhomer opinions can be taken as ayes at windfarm consultations I reckon they should be good enough for objections to the erosion of the character of our towns and villages. Of course Costa will get permission, then they will undercut and out brazen and take just enough of the casual and coach trade to jeopardise the livelihoods of the independents. The coffee, it goes without saying, is like Starbucks, something one would only drink once.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I live right in the middle of Southwold and I have posted on this board. I have even e mailed Waveney to say bring it on, better than an empty shop. I object to these people behaving like the thought police, tellilng us what to say (have you seen their leaflet) and taking up a quarter of the space on the town notice board. Arrogant and ignorant.

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    bathgirl

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • I recently visited Southwold to see what all the hype was about, I was not impressed, too many rules, and actually quite expensive shops, plus the chip shop was not all that! hence i won't be returning. There are other 'chain stores' there but these tend to be the top of the price-range ones, I think this is more about the posh arty people wanting to keep the rif raf out!

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    outspoken

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Thousands of objections? I wonder how many of those who actually live in Southwold have objected. I have no doubt these numbers were swelled by the "weekend residents" who must be worried that their property value will fall if Costa opens and their quaint (yet expensive) idyll is tainted. I think Southwold would thrive as a gated community then they could legally, but not morally, ban things like buses, mobility scooters and Costa Coffee. Have you noticed that their undesirable list keeps growing?

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    BabyDavid

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Thousands of objections? I wonder how many of those who actually live in Southwold have objected. I have no doubt these numbers were swelled by the "weekend residents" who must be worried that their property value will fall if Costa opens and their quaint (yet expensive) idyll is tainted. I think Southwold would thrive as a gated community then they could legally, but not morally, ban things like buses, mobility scooters and Costa Coffee. Have you noticed that their undesirable list keeps growing?

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    BabyDavid

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Strange how all these little Seaside villages and town's don't like change, they do like to charge high prices for their goods to tourists, you go inland and you can buy the same products alot cheaper.take for instances fish and chip shops in these seaside hotspots they give you short portions but will charge you the earth, go inland and you will most certainly get more for your money.thats why Southwold doesn't want Costa Coffee coming in and taking their business away..if you go to the seaside take a flask and a picnic..

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    Footyboy16

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • All the coffee shops in southwold are always packed out, and generally difficult to access with 3 young children. Costa would enhance what already exists as there is a need. Cannot understand why there is so much oppostion. Tesco had a postive response at the time, when the plans were going through.

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    Marisey

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Costa seems to attract posers who like to talk loudly and whip out their laptops to do some important "research" into just how smug and pretentious they really are. They drive a Toyota Prius at weekends and have 2.4 children with twee sounding names which seemed like a good idea when they were born but are now the route cause of why they keep getting picked on at school (it's not because they're special mummy). I would of thought Southwold would welcome Costa with open arms..

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    frank young

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Goodness gracious,if Costa give up and there's an application for flats and bed sits instead,all the Hooray Henrys will be throwing themselves off the (overpriced) pier. Its an ill wind.

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    kevin bacon

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Check out on the WDC Planning Application website to see who the objectors are. There are many non local addresses these objections are coming from. Southwold second home owners perhaps? The list of objectors which is included in the planning application details makes interesting reading and it is good to see this in public.Many of these objections are PRINTED on a standard form using the same words but with various names added.

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    Port Watcher

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I can understand why people don't want National chains in Southwold. Perhaps that's why all the pubs are owned by Adnams or is that just me being cynical. Oh yes, Adnams also have a (very expensive) coffee shop in a Nissen Hut. Who objected to that I wonder???

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    Grumpygramp

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Nobody from Southwold seems to have posted on here exactly what they would accept in that shop. Over to you Southwold.

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    RichardS

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • has Southwold got a chip shop?i have never paid for a £3 cup of coffee ever.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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