Businesses object

PLANS to transform an empty Alnwick building into a bar and restaurant look set to get the go-ahead despite objections from neighbouring businesses.

Members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning application are recommended to approve the scheme for the former Connexions building in Fenkle Street tonight.

The property already has listed building consent to alter the interior as well as advertising consent for a new sign.

The planning officers states that it is acceptable as as it ‘would see the reuse of an existing vacant commercial building for a form of sustainable economic development that would contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre’.

But eight neighbouring residents and businesses have objected to the plans on grounds such as the potential detrimental effect on the existing adjacent holistic therapy business, increased noise, disruption and anti-social behaviour, impact on residential amenity and parking issues.