The Pinner Starbucks can stay, after a planning inspector rules in their favour.
The coffee shop had opened without planning permission in 2007, and has traded there since. LB Harrow has refused a number of planning applications on the grounds of suitability. The Inspector’s ruling has obviously pleased Starbucks and their customers.
She commented that the large numbers of people coming to Starbucks and that 45 per cent were getting drinks and food to take are major benefits, outweighing any loss of retail space the council’s argument.
She also decided the value of Starbucks is all the greater in bringing people into High Street and said its use as a cafe, shop and social meeting place added rather than took away from what Pinner has to offer.