The proposed drive-through Starbucks, at the junction of Deiniol Road and Sackville Road in Bangor, has been recommended for refusal by planning officers.
Gwynedd Council planning officers are fearful over the development’s impact on existing city centre businesses and the plans to fell several black poplar trees, which are currently protected by a preservation order, despite an offer from the developers to re-plant 12 semi-mature trees nearby.
Previous plans to develop the site were withdrawn in January 2015 after considerable opposition from Bangor City Council and the Bangor Civic Society, the site is also on the corner of the Asda roundabout, one of the most difficult road junctions in Bangor.
An online petition against the development was started in July and has attracted over 1,000 signatures, there was also a demonstration against the development in August, led by Arfon MP Hywel Williams.
Mr Williams said: “The proposed location itself is reason enough to stop the plans. The roundabout at Sackville Road and Deiniol Road is chaotic as it is. Another entrance and exit would surely make things worse. Bangor is not a drive-through city.”
The report, which will be discussed by the planning committee on December 18, notes: “The application has failed to demonstrate a need for the development and the potential impacts on the vitality and viability of the city centre has not been assessed.
“It is considered that there is no justification for the loss of the trees on the site or as a biodiversity stepping stone.
“Furthermore, even if the retail and commercial policies could be satisfied, the authority does not consider that the total loss of trees on this site or the loss of the site as a green amenity space is acceptable or justified.
“The creation of 15 full time jobs that could be derived from the development, together with the associated economic benefits, is acknowledged and has been given due weight.
“However, looking at Bangor as a whole and the relatively small nature of this scheme, the economic benefits that could be derived from the proposal are likely to be limited.
“It is not considered that the economic benefits associated with this scheme would outweigh the harm identified in this report.”