Changes made to Wetherspoon pub application

Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.
Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.

A decision on plans to turn a derelict building into a JD Wetherspoon pub will be delayed – because the company is submitting new proposals.

The national pub chain wants to transform Alnwick’s Corn Exchange into an eating and drinking spot, catering for hundreds of people.

But Wetherspoon has made changes to its original ideas in a bid to maximise the potential of what it has described as a ‘landmark building’.

Revisions also include changes to the proposed beer garden, following concerns by nearby residents.

However, it will mean that a decision date on the scheme will be pushed back, as the new plans will need to go out for consultation and discussion.

Architect Andy Ince, who works on behalf of Wetherspoon, said: “We met the conversation officer, which was very useful, and we have made some changes.

“There were a few concerns about local residents that we were asked to look at.

“The conversation officer also felt we weren’t using the volume of space as well as we could do.

“We have taken the comments on board and have replanned the scheme.

“It does mean that we will have to start the process again so there could be a delay of about eight weeks.”