Wetherspoon appeal over Welwyn Garden City pub ‘imminent’

PUBLISHED: 10:40 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:54 15 April 2016

How the proposed Parkway Wetherspoon pub would look

How the proposed Parkway Wetherspoon pub would look


Pubs giant J D Wetherspoon will appeal the borough council’s decision to reject its plans for a Welwyn Garden City pub, the Welwyn Hatfield Times can reveal.

The pub chain wanted to redevelop a 1920s Parkway house into a boozer, but had planning permission unanimously rejected in Novemeber.

However, a Wetherspoon spokesman has told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that an appeal for the site will be submitted “imminently”. When lodged, it will then be referred to the Planning Inspectorate, a Government body that deals with planning appeals.

The Welwyn Garden City Society vehemently opposed the plans, and chairman Shaun O’Reilly said he was “staggered” at Wetherspoon’s “incredible” decision not to accept the council’s verdict.

He added: “They got such a resounding vote against it I’m surprised that they are putting any effort or money behind any appeal. Frankly it’s quite incredible.”

However, Longcroft Lane resident Gavin Meaden, an engineer, said he would like a Welwyn Garden City Wetherspoon pub, regardless of whether it is in Parkway or closer to the town centre.

“I think they bring the sort of pub that we don’t currently have,” he added.

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