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Wetherspoon’s gets green light for Alnwick plans

Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.

Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.

A scheme to convert the Grade II-listed Corn Exchange in Alnwick into a Wetherspoon’s pub have been given unanimous support by councillors tonight.

Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee backed Wetherspoon’s £1.3million plan, which they said would create around 40 jobs.

It proposed a bar and customer area downstairs, toilets on a mezzanine first floor and a beer garden.

Five letters of objection from neighbours had been received, with concerns including noise and smell, safety of the steps leading from the building to the town centre and the impact on other pubs.

But planning officers suggested the scheme be approved, subject to conditions, including that no drinks can be taken into the beer garden, smoking shelter or smoking area between 10pm and 8am, to avoid disturbance.

Councillors agreed and they voted unanimously in favour of the plans.

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