Delay for Wetherspoon’s Welwyn Garden City pub plan

PUBLISHED: 11:11 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2015

22 Parkway which has had planning applications submitted to be turned into a Wetherspoon's pub

22 Parkway which has had planning applications submitted to be turned into a Wetherspoon's pub

Danny Loo Photography 2015

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon’s controversial plan to open in central Welwyn Garden City has been delayed, and wrangling could last for the rest of this year.

The company, whose plan to convert 22 Parkway has inspired both enthusiasm and strong opposition. has postponed its licence application, which will be resubmitted when the planning issues are resolved.

As the planning application has attracted so much interest and requires substantial further information, it will probably not be discussed by a council committee until October, pushing the licence determination almost to the end of the year.

JD Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “In the circumstances it would seem the best approach to ensure that planning can be considered before the determination of any premises licence application, is for the company to withdraw the existing application and submit a further application as and when planning matters are resolved.”

Lib Dem councillor Malcolm Cowan. one of the project’s leading opponents, said: “I do hope Wetherspoon’s follow this by withdrawing the planning application as well.

“They have caused a great deal of distress and worry, particularly to older people living nearby, and have totally failed to respond to concerns raised or engage with local people. They cannot just steamroller this through.”

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