Costa Coffee outlets in Bristol subject of inquiry
The future of two branches of Costa Coffee in Bristol is being decided at a public inquiry.
The city council believes outlets on Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road breach planning rules.
Stuart Montgomery, the franchisee behind the two outlets, says he is operating within the rules.
Two appeals against the council have been rolled into a two-day public inquiry, which has started at the council's College Green headquarters.
Enforcement notices have been served against the branches in Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road, whilst a third outlet in Westbury-on-Trym is being monitored by the council.
A planning inspector will now hear the appeals.
If the appeals are upheld, the stores could continue to trade. But if the inspector supports the council, the authority could move to prosecute the franchisee and attempt to close down the stores.