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Sweet success as Mimi's Bakehouse secures Corstorphine cafe

Sweet success as Mimi's Bakehouse secures Corstorphine cafe

Following a public petition and council planning debate, Mimi’s Bakehouse has secured planning permission to open a new cafe in Corstorphine.

Earlier this month, Edinburgh City council planning officials recommended the business proposal for refusal on the grounds it "would result in the loss of retail on a primary shopping frontage".

More than 2000 cake-lovers signed a petition in favour of Mimi's Bakehouse opening in Corstorphine as the family rallied support in favour of their application.

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With collective support from councilors and the public towards its opening, the Development Management subcommittee unanimously agreed to grant permission for the new cafe.

The family-run business will now open its Corstorphine cafe, bakery and shop in a former showroom at 277 St John’s Road.

Manager at Mimi's Bakehouse Ashley Harley said she believes the decision to grant permission was down to the public's support.

"It was meant to be refused and it's amazing that we managed to turn it around, I think based on pure power of the people," Ashley said.

"There were so many people backing it and emailing councillors inboxes, writing articles and sending letters to win against the planning policy, but every single councillor didn't see why it was getting refused either because it would bring so much to the area.

"Sense prevailed and it was through the vibrancy we could bring to the town centre - that's the reason it got through and we couldn't agree more.

"That's the reason we love Mimi's and we want to come to the area, we think we can add something different to it.

"We're very excited."

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Like its current two premises by the Shore and on the Royal Mile, the Corstorphine cafe will combine retail with a cafe serving up breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea alongside its award-winning cakes.

"It will be more aligned to The Shore," Ashley said.

"It will have its own unique twist as we bring something different to each shop whatever that may be.

"We're hoping we can bring something unique to Corstorphine."

With planning permission secured, the team plan to open the new Mimi’s Bakehouse in Corstorphine by Christmas.

"We're so grateful to everyone that supported us, from local councillors to the local people of Corstorphine," Ashley said.

"Everyone we've spoken to has been so positive and we couldn't have done it without them so we thank them and we can't wait to join the community."

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