A NATIONAL coffee shop chain has applied to open a unit in a car park at Holmer Retail Park.

Costa Coffee wants to build a new cafe in the car park of Home Bargains and Benson for Beds, by the Holmer Road service road.

The chain already has two units in the city centre, which will be retained.

The planning application said: “Costa has identified Holmer Road Retail Park as an ideal location to serve the existing customer base of the park and the immediate area.”

The proposals will include the provision of a new layby service area along Perseverance Road for deliveries.

Vehicle access from Perseverance Road will be unaltered and there will be nine fewer car parking spaces.

External seating and landscaping associated with the new cafe unit is also proposed.

The proposed opening hours are 6.30am to 8pm. Up to 10 jobs will be created if the application is approved.