Wealden Talking Point

Wealden Talking Point

The story everyone’s been discussing this month…



Local residents and businesses in Cranbrook have expressed their annoyance after planning permission was granted for a new Costa coffee shop to be opened in the town. The planning documents state that the 16th century building, which was formerly the Crown Inn pub, will be converted into the new café after proposals were submitted to the council by Goldex Investments LTD back in August. Permission was granted recently by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and plans are being frowned upon.

Hilary Hosford, member of the Cranbrook Conservation Advisory committee, revealed in the planning documents that the committee are hesitant about this new outlet and hold concerns, such as its longevity potential and also the effect it’ll have on other independent cafes in the area.
A spokesperson for Costa, says: “As the UK’s favourite coffee shop brand and one of the success stories on the UK high street, we work closely with planning departments across the country to open new stores for the benefit of their local communities, creating new jobs and providing attractive and popular social meeting places.”