An inquiry has opened into whether Starbucks can remain in Pinner.
Starbucks have twice been refused permission to keep open a high street store in the town, despite trading there since 2007. Now a Government Inspector will decide whether the store can stay open.
The debate revolves around whether the store does or does not ‘harm the vitality or viability of the centre’ reports the Harrow Observer. Starbucks is appealing the refusal of an application for ‘change of use’ from class A1 (retail) to mixed class A1/A3 (retail/cafe) in December 2009.
It was originally denied the legal use of the store in February 2008. The address, 19-23 High Street, lies within the Pinner Conservation Area and was previously a book shop. Starbucks says the store is popular and has traded well. The Council’s lawyer told the inquiry that the coffee shop harms the town centre’s retail offer by a “substantial proportion”.
The inquiry is set to rule within a few months.