Wetherspoon’s bar and hotel plans called into council after over 200 objections lodged
PUBLISHED: 11:26 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 24 August 2018
Wetherspoon’s plans for a hotel and bar in Welwyn Garden City have been called in to Welwyn Hatfield Council after sparking over 200 objections.
Councillors will now decide whether to give it the go-ahead, rather than planning officers, after Lib Dem leader Malcolm Cowan called it in.
The WHT understands that a decision is expected to be made by the Development Management Committee in autumn.
Cllr Cowan said: “I called it in for two reasons. Firstly, yet again it would cause massive unhappiness amongst a vast number of the local population.
“And secondly, it remains a proposal that is in conflict with the zoning of the local area, which is for small offices such as doctors and dentists.”
The pub giant unveiled plans for a 13-room hotel with an ancillary bar at its Parkway site last month, following two failed attempts to turn it into a boozer.
A Wetherspoon spokesman said it believes that despite the opposition, there are many people who support the plans who might not want to put it in writing.