Pub chain’s bid for extension of outdoor hours

Alnwick Corn Exchange.
Alnwick Corn Exchange.

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon wants to make a change to its approved scheme in Alnwick to allow later access to the outdoor areas.

The amendment, which goes before Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee this evening, would mean that customers would be able to use the proposed beer garden and smoking area until 10pm rather than 9pm.

It relates to the company’s £1.3million plans to convert the town’s derelict grade II-listed Corn Exchange into a Wetherspoon’s pub, with a bar and customer area downstairs, toilets on a mezzanine first floor and a beer garden.

One of the conditions of the approval, granted in February this year by the planning committee, was that ‘use of the external beer garden and smoking area by clients/guests shall not be permitted between the hours of 9pm and 8am’. Now, the planning officer recommends approving the change to 10pm.

One letter of objection was received, primarily concerned with the impact on residential amenity along Green Batt.

However, the only other smoking area is at the front of the building immediately adjacent to the residential flats, above the steps leading to Bondgate Within. ‘This is considered to have undue adverse impact on these properties and residents’, the report states.