Edinburgh Morrisons will see Costa’s drive-thru built in parking lot despite huge objections

An Edinburgh Morrisons is expected to see a new Costa drive-thru built in the parking lot despite a wave of local objections.

The plans are expected to be granted by city council next week after the initial proposals were submitted in the summer of this year.

According to plans, the supermarket at 102 Pilton Drive will see a section of the parking lot transformed into an easy-access café, which will have both walk-in and drive-thru facilities.

Drawings have shown that the drive-thru will be located next to the entrance to the Morrisons parking lot, opposite the gas station.

In addition to the main building, a few disabled parking spaces will also be created alongside a few outdoor rest areas.

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The new building will see around 50 parking spaces lost for Morrisons, with local residents complaining that the move will cause further congestion in the area.

Logging into Ferry Road and sitting near the Crewe Toll roundabout, the plans saw 58 objections out of 60 public comments, with residents warning the area is already prone to long traffic jams.

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A resident said: “There is no legitimate reason to encourage more people to drive on Pilton Drive, the current traffic light sequences are already not suited to the level of traffic entering Morrisons.

“Encouraging more people to come into this parking lot just to have coffee ‘driving’ is a bad idea, they will create more traffic at the junction and only increase road rage and blocked junctions.”

However, the board’s development and sub-management committee submitted a report this week suggesting that the proposals should be allowed to go ahead.

The review indicated that an impact on congestion was not as likely as locals claimed, adding:

“In terms of the impact on climate change, pollution and the incentive to travel by car, the proposed development will be accessible on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.

“Transportation information has shown that most trips to the cafe and drive-thru will be existing trips of those already going to the supermarket or gas station or those passing by the application site.

“While not entirely sustainable development in terms of travel, the proposal provides for sustainable access and is within walking distance of nearby residential development. “

The plans have been recommended to be granted, but a final decision will be made on Wednesday, December 8.

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