Alnwick pub saga is rumbling on

The long-running saga of JD Wetherspoon's plans to open a pub in Alnwick continues to rumble on.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11th February 2016, 10:30 am
The inside of the derelict Corn Exchange in  Alnwick. In 2014, Wetherspoon was granted planning permission to transform the site, but progress has stalled since then.
The inside of the derelict Corn Exchange in Alnwick. In 2014, Wetherspoon was granted planning permission to transform the site, but progress has stalled since then.

The company has said that it is waiting to have a contract from Northumberland County Council which it can sign to move ahead with the development at the derelict Corn Exchange.

Meanwhile, the local authority claims that everything is in place and is waiting for Wetherspoon to progress the project.

The issue is the latest chapter in what is becoming a drawn-out story.

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A major grievance revolved around Wetherspoon placing a glass and bin storage area in Roxburgh Place car park, behind the Corn Exchange, in return for resurfacing and marking the car park.

The company claimed that the county council’s highways department opposed this, but no formal decision had been forthcoming. Without a resolution, the firm said at the time that it must terminate its interest in the building, which has stood empty for more than two decades.

It prompted the authority to pledge crunch talks with Wetherspoon and last summer we reported that progress was being made over these issues, but there was still work to do, including dealing with a number of transfers of land ownership.