Members vote for compromise on pub changes

Flats and steps at Alnwick Corn Exchange.
Flats and steps at Alnwick Corn Exchange.

Members tried to strike a compromise between a pub business and residents over a decision to allow later access to outdoor areas.

At last Thursday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, pub company JD Wetherspoon had applied to change a condition related to its approved scheme for a pub at Alnwick’s Corn Exchange.

Jonathan Thew, whose property neighbours the proposed beer garden and smoking area, and Coun David Farrar, of Alnwick Town Council, expressed doubts as to the actual impact of amending the condition by one hour, to which members of the committee were sympathetic.

However, the agent for Wetherspoon said: “The condition renders it unviable for my client because smokers would be outside the front of the pub next to the flats.”

Members eventually voted to approve a compromise (see details, right).

Moving the amended change, Coun Heather Cairns said: “We want to see this development go forward. Many people in the town want to see it go forward.

“I’m well aware that we have noise management within the application. However, I’m also aware that we (the county council) seem incapable of enforcing it.”