Leading pub firm resubmits town bid

A major national pub chain’s plans to open in Alnwick are back on the table, after a new application was submitted to the county council.

Last October, JD Wetherspoon applied to set up a pub in the vacant Corn Exchange, which has been empty for two decades, in a £1.3million scheme which it claimed would create 40 new jobs.

In November, members of the town’s Chamber of Trade came out in opposition to the plans, voicing concerns that it would have a major impact on the town centre, but their position caused a backlash, particularly online on Facebook.

A Gazette poll of nearly 1,000 people then revealed that 72 per cent supported the plans.

But in January this year, we reported that there would be a delay as the company decided to amend its proposals.

Now the new application has been submitted for the pub, which would have a bar and customer area downstairs, toilets upstairs and a beer garden.

The application is open to public comments until Sunday, September 15.