Wetherspoon looking to open a pub in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 10:43 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:43 02 April 2015
A national pub chain is looking to open a new watering-hole in the historic centre of Welwyn Garden City.
JD Wetherspoon has bought 22 Parkway, situated just across from the fountain.
The sale was completed in November last year, but has only recently come to light.
The building was formerly the home of the Maynard Gallery, a popular art venue, which was based there between 1964 and 1977.
More recently it housed the Welwyn Garden City clinic of East Herts Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
But it has stood empty for around six months.
It is now boarded up and has security signs around it.
A spokeswoman for the chain said: “We have completed on the purchase of 22 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, in November 2014. We have yet to submit planning.”
Before the chain can operate the property as a pub business it needs to apply for planning permission and a licence and a spokesman for Welwyn Hatfield council confirmed this had yet to be received.
The company is also looking to open a pub on Comet Square in Hatfield, and although plans have been confirmed, no date has been announced for when this might be.