Welwyn Garden City pub and restaurant plans backed ahead of meeting

PUBLISHED: 17:08 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:52 24 March 2014

An artist's impression of the new pub which could be built in WGC.

An artist's impression of the new pub which could be built in WGC.

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A bid to build a new pub and restaurant on a derelict site in Welwyn Garden City have been given a thumbs up by planners.

A report released ahead of a crunch meeting on Thursday evening has recommended councillors approve the application.

Pub chain Marston’s Inns and Taverns has applied to build the venue at the junction of Bessemer Road and Bridge Road East.

Documents released ahead of the meeting say the land was cleared in 2009, and efforts to market it for industrial use have been unsuccessful.

But the application has sparked opposition from campaign group the Welwyn Garden City Society, which branded the design “poor and inappropriate”.

Environmental health officers have said noise would not be a major issue, as there are no homes close to the site.

If approved, the new 689 square metre ale-house would create 20 full-time jobs and 40 part-time roles.

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