It appears that 'Costa' have chosen to ignore the two refusals by BCC for planning permission for their cafe in the Gloucester Road.  They are now open and to all intents and purposes, operating illegally.

Recent news on this situation can be found here:

and Richard Leonard, organiser of the anti-Costa campaign has sent us (Nov 24th) this communication:

''Well, the day came and Costa opened without planning permission.  Paul Saville and friends have spent a lot of time this week outside Costa and have made sure that the opening has been less than successful.  Paul says he is there for the long haul and we should give him as much support as we can, a friendly word on a cold day can mean a lot. He has asked me to send out this invitation. If you can get there on Saturday - even if only for a few minutes it would be great.



 As for the planning process there is is a letter from the Council that gives some further information; an extract is given below.  If you can, do send in letters to the council regarding the appeal - these (3 copies needed) should be with the council by December 15th''. See below for more details about writing to the Planning Inspectorate or to do this on line.
"Further to your e-mail to Zoe Willcox of 31 October, it would seem
useful for me to clarify the policy/use position and the position that
Bristol City Council is in.

The current legal use of No. 14 Gloucester Road is A2 Professional and
Financial Services use under the previous employment agency business on
the site.  For a unit of this size, this has permitted development
rights to change to an A1 shop use.

Coffee shops by their nature of selling cold food and coffee/drinks for
consumption off and on the premises can fall within use class A1 and/or
A3.  It was for this reason that the refused scheme at No. 14 Gloucester
Road applied for a mixed A1/A3 use.  A Costa Coffee could therefore in
theory open up as an A1 use without the need for planning consent.

The key criteria for assessing whether the implemented coffee shop would
fall within a single A1, A3 or combined A1/A3 use would be the
proportion of sales for consumption on the premises combined with the
availability of public toilets and seating. As a comparable situation, a
certificate of lawfulness was recently issued for a coffee shop with 4
seats, one table and no public toilet as an A1 use.  The agent in their
submission for the refused scheme also referred to an enforcement appeal
where it was found that 20% of sales for consumption off the premises
remained in a mixed A1/A3 use.  Applying this logic to an A1 use, sales
of below 20% for consumption on the premises could be considered to be
an A1 use with the on-site consumption ancillary to this.

The Council are unable to begin any enforcement proceedings until a
breach occurs and the applicant and agent are aware that we continue to
monitor this property and as soon as any coffee shop is opened this will
be investigated for any potential breaches of planning control.

I trust that this provides the information that you were seeking and I
apologise for the small delay in responding."
The Planning Inspectorate has asked that local residents and others that may be affected by the proposals be informed and given the opportunity to make representations. If you wrote to this department giving your views at application stage, a copy of your letter will be supplied to the inspector. If you would like to write now or modify or elaborate on any earlier views please write to The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting reference number A/11/2163354/NWF. Alternatively, you can submit your views on-line (see below).
Any views must be submitted by 15 December 2011, and the Inspectorate must receive three copies of any letter. If representations are received after the above date, the Inspector will not normally see them and they will be returned. Such views will be conveyed to both parties to the appeal and may be read out at the Hearing.
The appeal documents can be viewed at Brunel House, St Georges Road, Bristol, BS1 5UY, please telephone 0117 922 3000 to make an appointment. Further guidance to taking part in planning appeals is available on the Planning Portal website at .
You can make comments on-line and check the information and progress using the Planning Casework Service at
The decision will be published on the Planning Portal and our website.
Development Management
Bristol City Council
City Development Brunel House, St George’s Road Bristol BS1 5UY