Plans submitted to convert former Leyburn bank into Costa branch

The former HSBC in Leyburn.

Plans have been drawn up to convert the former HSBC bank in Leyburn into a branch of Costa.

A planning application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council to change the use of the building to a coffee shop.

The plans, submitted by a firm based in Wembley, London, say the cafe would have eight full-time and six part-time staff.

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The branch’s proposed opening hours are from 6am to 9pm everyday.

One of the designs submitted with the change of use application.

Members of the public can view and comment on the plans here.

Ruth Morris, who owns independent coffee shop Central Chambers, has already submitted a response and has objected to the plans.

She said: “I would have thought that there are plenty of eating and drinking establishments already and if Costa were to open some of these myself included may have to shut down.

“I would like to point out that one of the reasons we do get a lot of visitors is the fact that Leyburn offers individual and family run businesses and we would like to keep it that way.

“Once a large chain like Costa comes into the town it is spoiling the whole feel of the town.”

It emerged last year that Costa would be moving into the building after an advert for a Costa branch manager was posted in the former bank door window.

The email address appears to belong to Cuppacoff Limited, a company which runs a number of Costa franchises across the country and is based in Wembley, London.

A notice has gone up in the window of the former HSBC bank.

The HSBC branch closed in June last year.

It is believed the company behind the plans also run the Costa in Bedale.

They have not responded to a request to comment from Richmondshire Today.

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Non of the existing cafes open before 9. I like a coffee on my way to work. This is a coffee shop specifically, not a cafe, and answers a completely different need state to the existing propositions. I embrace the evolving retail landscape, it is naive and offensive to expect Leyburn and it’s population to stay in the dark ages.

  2. I wish to object to this costa coffee house in Leyburn, Leyburn is a nice small market town, which has enough eating and drinking establishments, I feel that if this goes ahead it will be the start of change and we will find our selves need deep in old coffee cups, you can find mc Donald’s boxes and k f c boxes as far as scath nick from catterick. I also feel that it could be the start of making Leyburn into just another run of the mill place like catterick, Darlington, Northallerton, with all the same shops, if this goes ahead there is every possibility that the smaller more select establishments will have to close, leaving empty properties for more of these franchises to move in, as a regular shopper in Leyburn I really hope this is not aloud to happen.

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