Wetherspoon's 'still very keen' to open new hotel/bar in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 12:01 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 19 November 2018
JD Wetherspoon is not giving up on the plan to open a hotel/bar in Welwyn Garden City even after the council refused planning permission.
Welwyn Hatfield Council’s development management committee unanimously voted against the proposal to build a hotel and bar at 22 Parkway.
However Wetherspoon’s spokesman Eddie Gershon stated that the company still intends to forge ahead with their plan. He said: “We acknowledge the decision. We are still very keen to open on the site.” More than 200 members of the public objected to the proposals, arguing that the noise of the pub would disturb the neighbours and increase the risk of antisocial behaviour.
The committee said the proposal represented “a significant over-development” which “fails to reflect [the building’s] surroundings”.
They also expressed concerns about the lack of on-site parking, and the Welwyn Garden City Society expressed concerns that the development would set a precedent for other retail units to be built in Parkway.