Wetherspoon’s hotel and bar plans trigger over 100 objections

PUBLISHED: 13:03 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 17 August 2018

Wetherspoon's Parkway site. Picture: Chris Flanagan.

Wetherspoon's Parkway site. Picture: Chris Flanagan.

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Wetherspoon’s plans for a hotel and bar in WGC have sparked over 100 official objections from residents with just two submissions in support.

The pub giant unveiled plans for a 13-room hotel with an ancillary bar at its Parkway site last month following two failed applications to turn it into a boozer.

However, a flood of objections have since been submitted online to Welwyn Hatfield Council – with many criticising Wetherspoon’s insistence on having a property in that location.

A Russelcroft Road resident said: “Once again an attempt to establish a pub where previously refused – this time by redefining it as a hotel.

“I suspect that at a later date [there will be] an attempt to use the public gardens and adjacent green space.”

He added: “Given that there is a closed pub nearly opposite and new hotel accommodation is being built in Welwyn Garden City, I think there is sufficient capacity to serve the town.”

A Mannicotts resident also said the west side of Parkway is an inappropriate location, as the noise would impact the largely residential area.

“I sense the company that bought this property is clutching at straws to justify the purchase,” he added.

“It should swallow its pride, sell the property and develop on the east side of Parkway where it could open both a pub and a hotel without any nuisance.”

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin previously said that the £1.5million scheme would create up to 50 jobs, and it does not include a beer garden, which was a sticking point in the original plans.

It says in its application: “The bar will principally serve hotel guests, but will be accessible to people not residing in the hotel.

“The area of the proposals occupied by the bar area is significantly less than the standard JD Wetherspoon public house.”

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told the WHT: “We believe the hotel and bar will be a great addition to the town.

“We appreciate that a number of people have objected to the scheme but also believe there are many people who support it, who might not necessarily say so in writing.”

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