You may have heard that the application by J D Wetherspoon to turn 22 Parkway into a pub was again unanimously rejected by councillors on the Development Management Committee (previously known as the Planning Committee) at a meeting held on Thursday evening.
This second application was notable for the fact that it did not specify the number of people who might frequent the proposed pub at any one time and for the proposed erection of a fifteen foot so-called acoustic wall to shield the occupants of Asquith House from the noise of the drinkers in the rear garden. All this in a Conservation Area and on a site specially zoned to ensure that only low key activities (such as doctors, dentists and lawyers) should be based, so as to protect the residential area from noise.
This was also the first time many will have seen the interior of the new Council Chamber. There were a number of gremlins in the sound system for those that had to sit in the Reception area as the main chamber is too small to hold large numbers. Despite this minor inconvenience, the outcome was satisfactory.
Once again, we would like to thank all those who contributed to this decision directly or indirectly, who lobbied their elected councillors, again registered their objections on the Council’s planning system or came to the meeting itself. It all contributed towards the Planning Officers comprehensively recommending refusal of the application, and the Councillors’ unanimous decision to refuse. We are very appreciative of the effort and support the Society received. Nor should we ever underestimate the persuasive effect of a packed audience in helping our councillors make sensible decisions.
After the last refusal, J D Wetherspoon waited nearly six months before making a second application. This time, we rather think the company may seek to appeal, as some of the documentation it has submitted in support of this second application is in a better condition than the first. Despite this, the content of the application still fails, in our opinion, to make planning sense.
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