Town councils back plan to bring Wetherspoons pubs to Stamford and Oakham

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Plans for a pub chain’s move to Stamford and Oakham have moved forward in the last week as two councils have backed their plans.

JD Wetherspoon has applied to open pubs in Stamford and Oakham and both town councils have recommended the plans in their areas for approval by the planning authorities.

In Stamford the firm has submitted plans to South Kesteven District Council to transform the Rutland and Stamford Mercury office, in Sheep Market.

The pub will cost £1m and create 50 jobs for people in the area.

At a Stamford Town Council planning committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors said they would welcome the pub and voted to support the plans.

Chairman of the committee Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) said: “I think it will be a good thing for the town because it will add choice.

“There are a lot of people who have supported the plan and it seems to be very popular.

“It will offer affordable food, real ales and increase competition in the town which can only be a good thing.

“There were no objections at the meeting and we’re fully behind the plans.

“I will be drinking there myself when it opens.”

In Oakham, the company is hoping to move into the former Royal British Legion building in High Street.

It has now completed the purchase of the site and is awaiting planning approval from Rutland County Council before work can start.

The firm says the development will cost £1.8m and create 35 part time and 15 full time jobs.

At an Oakham Town Council planning and parks committee meeting on Wednesday last week, councillors voted to support the plans.

Mayor Alf Dewis said: “We are very pleased the building will be renovated.

“It help regenerate that part of town.”

The venue in Oakham is set to be named The Captain Noel Newton, after the former Rutland High Sheriff who sold the building to the Royal British Legion for £1,600 between 1948 and 1950.

He was also on the committee for the Oakham branch of the legion.

JD Wetherspoon had planned to call the pub Earl Haig, after a founding member of the legion but changed its plans after Oakham Town Council and the legion wrote to the firm to say the name should have a local connection to Oakham.

The firm is yet to confirm a name for the Stamford pub.