Battle ends as coffee shop wins to stay in Marlborough
By nhavergal | Friday, March 01, 2013, 11:56
A coffee shop in the high street, Marlborough has won the right to keep trading in the town despite opening without planning permission.
Caffe Nero which has been open in Marlborough since April won its planning appeal after a two day hearing by the planning inspectorate.
Planning inspector, Phil Grainger yesterday gave the coffee shop permission to continue trading on the basis that the takeover of the store plot has not caused any harm to the Marlborough High Street.
Wiltshire Council gave the business an enforcement notice however it was appealed.
Planning Inspector Phil Grainger said in his report: "No real evidence of any actual harm has been provided although the coffee shop has now been operating for about nine months."
"Whilst the case put by the council and many others may seem common sense, all the hard evidence points in a different direction."
Caffe Nero will continue to trade in Marlborough High Street.
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