Wetherspoon set to launch fresh application for Welwyn Garden City pub

PUBLISHED: 14:36 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 28 September 2017

Mock up of the Cherry Tree

Mock up of the Cherry Tree

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J D Wetherspoon has confirmed it is planning to launch a fresh application for a pub in Welwyn Garden City.

A sign has appeared outside 22 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, owned by JD Wetherspoon.A sign has appeared outside 22 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, owned by JD Wetherspoon.

The pub chain sparked rumours of a development this morning after a sign advertising its proposed Cherry Tree pub appeared on its Parkway site.

This afternoon a Wetherspoon spokesman told the WHT: “Our aim is to submit another planning application soon.”

He was unable to confirm exactly when, or how it would differ from the two previous, unsuccessful plans, but confirmed it will be on the same Parkway premises.

The WGC Society has vehemently opposed Wetherspoon’s proposals, claiming the site’s location near residential homes is the key reason it is not an option.

“They are suckers for punishment,” said society member Dennis Lewis. “We have no objection to Wetherspoon as such. It’s divisive for people to say as it’s the west side [of town] we don’t want any pubs.

“I think everyone would agree that it is on the edge of a residential area.”

He continued: “The objection we have is not based on the fact that we do not want a pub, it is based on the fact that it’s in the wrong place. I do not know why they do not see that.”

Borough councillor Helen Bromley added: “It has been no to the location before and I have every expectation it will be no to the location again. Do they not understand the word no?”

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