The South Lanarkshire Council planning committee has rejected plans to build a Starbucks on Bothwell Road in Uddingston.

On Monday, the planning committee voted on an amendment to deny the new drive-through cafe on the grounds of negative impact on traffic, traffic and parking.

The advisers went against the recommendations of council planning officers who were in favor of the new Starbucks.



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This comes as nearly 140 objections have been raised with the committee by locals who have expressed their concerns.

Councilor Graham Scott said: “If there is an overflow and traffic jam from this drive-thru, it would be on a major strategic route, so I am very concerned that any traffic jam in the queues using the drive-thru could cause serious road problems.

He added that the new development would be “a recipe for disaster”.

The proposed plan would have seen a drive-through Starbucks with parking and a jet wash facility under development, with new lanes being created to allow residents of Bothwell Road to get around.

Overall, 18 councilors opposed the plans with just three in favor of the new development.

Councilor Kenny McCreary said: “The road is not going well and smoothly at the moment.

“The traffic is really congested most of the day, certainly around school time, so any extra traffic is really going to cause chaos.

“We can no longer cope with congestion and pollution as there is a church nearby and a nursery nearby. “

He added, “We should encourage people not to drive the car in certain places, we should encourage them to walk.

“It will cause huge traffic jams and pollution in a small, busy town.”

Traffic congestion was a major concern, and Councilor Bert Thompson said: “The road is horrible right now and things are going to get worse, it doesn’t make sense.

“We’re trying to get people to drive less, but we seem to be promoting drive-thru with more cars.”

Responding to the decision, Gillian Mackay, Scottish Green MSP for Central Scotland, said: “I am delighted that the SLC planning committee has listened to residents’ concerns and rejected this request.

“This proposal would have had a significant impact on the lives of many who naturally raised objections.”

She added: “Uddingston doesn’t need a Starbucks drive-thru which will increase traffic and air pollution.

“Removing trees without replacement was unacceptable, the issue of take-out coffee mug waste is well documented and it would have been totally unwise to approve this new development. “

Concerns were raised at the meeting about the environmental impact a drive-thru could have on the region, but there were plans to install charging ports for electric cars.

Further objections came from the Uddingston Community Council, which expressed concerns about congestion, pollution and the impact a Starbucks would have on local businesses.

SLC planning officers presented the good aspects of the development, including the reuse of a previously developed site that could have a positive impact on the environment.

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