Bulk buy wine warehouse plan for Welwyn Garden City site

PUBLISHED: 11:41 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:41 24 April 2015

21 Broadwater Road

21 Broadwater Road

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A wine retailer which specialises in selling by the case hopes to open an outlet in Welwyn Garden City.

An existing Majestic Wine warehouse in Aylesbury, BucksAn existing Majestic Wine warehouse in Aylesbury, Bucks

Plans submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council reveal Majestic Wine intends to open in a unit in Broadwater Road.

The firm, which was founded in Wood Green, North London, 35 years ago, is eyeing 21 Broadwater Road, near to Broad Court.

The plan would require a change of use from employment to retail and external alterations to transform the site into a wine warehouse.

Hertfordshire County Council was consulted over the scheme and raised no objection, but had concerns over parking.

21 Broadwater Road21 Broadwater Road

A response from the authority read: “Hertfordshire County Council as highway authority does not wish to restrict the grant of permission subject to the following conditions: 1. Prior to the use of this building as permitted, a parking layout should be submitted to and approved by the LPA and highway authority and the parking shall then be laid out and retained permanently thereafter for the accommodation of occupiers and shall not be used for any other purpose.”

It cited the reason for the parking layout demand as “highway safety”.

The plan was backed by one resident, who lives nearby.

Christopher Jack, of Athelstan Walk South, supported the scheme and said it would have “a number of long-term benefits”.

He wrote: “It will generally be a huge asset to the area with no wine specialists within the immediate vicinity already; it will ensure the ongoing routine maintenance of one of WGC’s earliest structures and it will also support and hopefully act as something of a catalyst in the ongoing and forthcoming redevelopment and improvement of the Peartree area within the town.”

The application is set to be decided by Welwyn Hatfield councillors on May 21.

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