Still no start dates for two major town developments

Corn Exchange, Alnwick
Corn Exchange, Alnwick

Two major developments in a north Northumberland town are still awaiting start dates, more than a month after approval was given.

Wetherspoon’s application to transform Alnwick’s derelict Corn Exchange into a pub, and Northumberland Estates’ plans for an Aldi and Majestic Wine on South Road, were both given the go-ahead in February.

The pub giant’s scheme will create around 50 jobs, from bar and waiting staff to kitchen workers and cleaners.

The Aldi and Majestic Wine outlets will provide 25 to 30 positions between both stores.

But as yet, there is no official date to commence work on either development.

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: “We still need to complete the purchase, so until that happens, there won’t be any on site or opening dates.”

The company has applied for a new premises license. Arrangements are to be made for the application and representations to be considered by a licensing sub-committee.

Meanwhile, Northumberland Estates has said that there is currently no timetable of works for the Aldi and Majestic Wine stores.

And a spokeswoman for Aldi added: “Northumberland Estates are the developers of the new Aldi store, and the construction programme has not yet been finalised.

“We are pleased with the outcome of planning and look forward to opening a new store in Alnwick.”