Discussions ongoing over plans for town pub

Plans for JD Wetherspoon to open a pub in Alnwick remain in the balance, as planning issues still need to be resolved.

In January, the company pulled out of plans to move into the Corn Exchange after becoming frustrated with the way the county council was handling the application.

It prompted the authority to launch crisis talks to try to salvage the scheme. And yesterday, the council said this was ongoing. A spokesman said: “The council is working positively with Wetherspoon in an attempt to resolve the requirements of the planning condition attached to the planning consent.”

Meanwhile, the former council chamber on the town’s Clayport Street, has been sold subject to contract.

A county council spokesman said: “The property that is being inquired about is called The Old Post Office and it is sold subject to contract and is progressing with solicitors with completion imminent.

“We aren’t in a position to disclose details of the purchaser at this time.”