Bristol

Gloucester Road Costa Coffee shop plan rejected

Plans for a Costa Coffee shop on Gloucester Road in Bristol have been rejected after a 3,000-name petition was submitted to the council.

Protesters claimed it would "undermine the viability of independent shops", and councillors voted by eight to one to block it.

The petitioners added that they did not want a "chain-dominated" street.

The proposed coffee shop would have been run as a franchise by businessman Stuart Montgomery.

Mr Montgomery was not present at the meeting and his representatives refused to comment.

Richard Leonard, a resident who led the petition against the shop, said he was "absolutely delighted".

Bristol City Council said the plans were rejected because of fears it would be "harmful to the diversity of the local shopping area".

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