Objections to pub scheme

The Corn Exchange, Alnwick
The Corn Exchange, Alnwick

Environmental health objections have been raised against reworked plans to transform a derelict building into a JD Wetherspoon pub – which also reveal that it would cater for more customers than previously proposed.

The pub giant is currently applying for planning permission to turn Alnwick’s Grade II-listed Corn Exchange into an eating and drinking spot.

The company submitted plans to Northumberland County Council last year but announced it was amending the scheme a few months ago.

The new proposals have been lodged with the authority’s planning department.

But the public protection department has voiced objections because of a lack of detail.

In a report from Martin Cook, environmental protection officer, he says that there is insufficient information provided on the assessment of odour and noise control from the kitchen ventilation system.

He adds that while the applicant has supplied plans showing the location of the kitchen extract, there are no details provided as to the exact equipment to be installed.

Mr Cook says that there is no information provided regarding the installation or anticipated noise levels of condenser units. He added that the plans do not appear to show external lighting and an assessment should be provided .

The new drawings reveal that the pub will be able to cater for 518 customers, with the customer area being extended to 4,189 sq ft.

This is compared to the original plans which had a smaller space of 3,573 sq ft and an occupancy of 442 people.

However, Wetherspoon has made changes to the beer garden, reducing its size from 1,474 sq ft to 1,098 sq ft.

A county council spokeswoman said that the authority felt the agent would submit further and/or revised information due to the concerns raised.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for Wetherspoon, said: “The plans have gone in and is for the councillors to decide on it, but if there are any issues raised, at any stage, we are happy to work with the council on them.”