JD Wetherspoon looks set to receive planning approval

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A pub chain’s plans to open a venue in the town centre of Stamford look likely to be given the green light at meeting next week.

JD Wetherspoon has submitted an application for a £1m pub in Sheep Market and councillors have been recommended to approve the application at a South Kesteven District Council development control committee meeting on Tuesday.

The firm is planning to transform the ground floor of the building, which is currently the Rutland and Stamford Mercury offices, into a family-friendly pub.

The existing forecourt, will be turned into an outdoor seating area.

The ground floor comprises a bar area, kitchen, disabled and male toilet facilities, an enclosed refuse store, and staircases to the cellar and the first floor.

The first floor will house the female toilets, staff room, office, store room and plant room.

Access to the pub would be through the existing reception and most deliveries would be made from Bath Row.

According to the application the new pub would create 50 jobs.

Despite some objections from residents nearby, who had concerns about noise and litter, and obstructions caused by delivery lorries, the plans have been recommended for approval with a number of conditions attached.

The conditions relate to questions over external materials and designs to the premises, there must be no live music in the beer garden area without permission, and no deliveries outside the hours of 8am to 6pm Monday to Sunday. To see the full list, and application, visit moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk

The Mercury is relocating to offices in Cherry Holt Road.

JD Wetherspoon has also applied to Rutland County Council to open a £1.8m venue at the former Royal British Legion club in High Street, Oakham.

The venue is set to be called The Captain Noel Newton, who was a former Rutland High Sheriff in the 1930s and lived in the building before he sold it to the legion for £1,600. The name of the Stamford pub has not been revealed.

Both town councils have voiced their support for the pub’s plans.