A planning application has been submitted by Robert Hitchins Ltd to create a new coffee shop and additional car parking for a major employer at Stonehouse Park.

The mixed-use scheme on Plot G will transform a small, vacant, triangular plot at the entrance to the business park into a new coffee shop with 32 customer spaces, to be occupied by Costa Coffee, along with a separate 42-space car park for world-beating engineering company Sartorius Stedim.

Robert Hitchins Ltd has developed a range of high-quality office and manufacturing facilities at Stonehouse Park for companies including National Nuclear Laboratory, Schenck Process UK, Club Communications Ltd, Green Gourmet and Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd. Plot G is the last phase of the development.

Senior Development Manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, Michael Plimmer, said the application for the mixed-use scheme comes in response to the requirements of the business community.

“This is the last piece of the jigsaw at Stonehouse Park. From what is a fairly small, awkward-shaped site we are delighted to have been able to design a scheme with a high-quality coffee shop that will provide a much-needed facility and meeting place for the surrounding business parks, together with an important car parking facility for local employer Sartorius which will assist with their future growth needs.”

Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd was granted planning permission to expand its multi-million pound manufacturing base earlier this year as it prepares to double its output.

Plant Director at Sartorius Stedim, Ian Woolf, said: “This application has our full support. It will enable us to maximise employment opportunities when we develop Phase Two of our site at Stonehouse Park.”

The planning application can be viewed on the website of Stroud District Council.