GLOBAL coffee chain Starbucks has revealed plans for a new drive-thru on a major route between Bradford and Leeds.

Plans have been lodged with Bradford Council to build the new coffee shop on the site of the old Junction Hotel in Thornbury.

The land, currently vacant following the demolition of the pub, is on the junction of Leeds Road and Gain Lane.

According to documents submitted with the application, the new Starbucks would create 15 full-time and five part-time jobs, would be open seven days a week from 6am until 10pm and would have 16 car parking spaces.

It would be accessed via Gain Lane.

“The application site is currently vacant, previously used as a public house,” says the application.

“We believe that this site would make an excellent Starbucks drive thru.”

It adds: “This development is a positive addition as it will provide jobs to the local


“The development will make efficient use of land, therefore contributing to the attractiveness and character of the local area.

“It will also bring more employment opportunities to the area benefitting the community. The building will be designed to ensure no disturbance to the neighbouring dwellings.”

The application says the new Starbucks would “strengthen the existing community”, as it would offer an extra place where people could go to meet and socialise.

The building would be a single-storey unit with a modern appearance and would be positioned towards the front of the site to provide an “active frontage” to create “interest and presence on Leeds Road”.

The application says: The proposed development would provide additional economic benefit as it will provide skilled jobs for those qualified in personal and professional training.

“It would also increase the workforce and attract more people to the area which will benefit local business.

“The development would provide construction work during the construction period.”

It adds: “The proposed development would make use of an area of land within a sustainable location.

“Furthermore, the new development would be built to the current building regulations, which requires sustainable construction and energy efficiency.”

The application sets out the expected trading pattern to be 15 per cent take away, 35 per cent dine-in and 50 per cent drive-thru (DT).

If approved, the new coffee shop would be a short distance from the relatively new KFC and Costa development at the Gallagher Leisure Park and would join a number of other Starbucks in the Bradford area, including in Lidget Green, Rooley Lane, Bradford’s Centenary Square and just off the motorway at Cleckheaton

The site itself has been subject to a number of planning applications.

Back in February, Bradford Council granted permission for an outline application for the construction of two retail units with six apartments above. A determination deadline for the Starbucks application has been set for July 2. More details can be viewed via the Council’s online planning portal with the reference 19/01997/FUL