Wetherspoon’s bar and hotel plans called into council after over 200 objections lodged

PUBLISHED: 11:26 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 24 August 2018

Wetherspoon's Parkway site. Picture: Chris Flanagan.

Wetherspoon's Parkway site. Picture: Chris Flanagan.


Wetherspoon’s plans for a hotel and bar in Welwyn Garden City have been called in to Welwyn Hatfield Council after sparking over 200 objections.

Councillors will now decide whether to give it the go-ahead, rather than planning officers, after Lib Dem leader Malcolm Cowan called it in.

The WHT understands that a decision is expected to be made by the Development Management Committee in autumn.

Cllr Cowan said: “I called it in for two reasons. Firstly, yet again it would cause massive unhappiness amongst a vast number of the local population.

“And secondly, it remains a proposal that is in conflict with the zoning of the local area, which is for small offices such as doctors and dentists.”

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

A Wetherspoon spokesman said it believes that despite the opposition, there are many people who support the plans who might not want to put it in writing.

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