Since Christmas the old Harris & Hoole coffee shop has been undergoing a Dr Who-style regeneration to transform it into a Costa.
A spokesperson said:
Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand are pleased to announce that we are opening a brand new store on High Street, Crowborough this Wednesday, bringing 8-10 new jobs to the local area. As with all of our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.
Costa were interested in opening a Costa at Broadway Chambers in 2011. They applied for permission to erect signs when Clinton Cards still had the lease, before Harris & Hoole opened there. The High Street is part of the conservation area, and until Wednesday, Wealden District Council are accepting comments on Costa’s current planning application to erect signs (WD/2014/2496/AI). In their response, the Town Council have said: “If approved, illumination should be minimal and restricted to opening hours only.”
See previous article about Harris & Hoole closing.
At the meeting on 14th January, Councillors on the Town’s Planning & Development Committee also discussed Wetherspoon’s application for signs at the Crowborough Cross. In their response to Wealden District Council, who are the planning authority, they said:
Councillors thought the design of signage was very good and attractive and the renovation of the building appears to have been carried out very well. However, Councillors also felt that there was too much lighting shown on the building, in particular the floodlighting to front and side, both in terms of amount and design of the lights. There was also concern at the impact this may have on the CCTV camera over the road. A condition should be put on any permission to limit the hours of operation of the lighting.