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Enforcement notice served on Bristol Costa Coffee

image captionBristol City Council said the branch did not have planning permission

A Costa Coffee branch owner has been served with an enforcement notice after opening without planning permission, a council has said.

The franchise, on Whiteladies Road in Bristol, requires permission for change of use from retail to a cafe.

Bristol City Council said the franchise holder, Stuart Montgomery, could apply for retrospective permission or appeal.

Mr Montgomery declined to comment. Costa Coffee said it was "aware of the situation".

"[The franchisee is] working with the local authority to regularise the position," said a statement from the cafe chain.

The council said Mr Montgomery could appeal against the enforcement notice or submit a retrospective planning application for the building, which was previously a newsagents.

Mr Montgomery also owns Costa franchises on Henleaze Road and in Portishead.

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