JD Wetherspoon’s move to Oakham set for go-ahead

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Plans for a pub chain’s £1.8m move to Oakham town centre could be given the green light by councillors at a meeting next week.

JD Wetherspoon wants to open in the former Royal British Legion building in High Street, a move which would create 35 part-time and 15 full-time jobs.

Several residents in High Street and Dean’s Street wrote to Rutland County Council with their concerns. They include fears about noise levels and their impact on residents in the area, particularly elderly people.

The residents were also concerned about the size of the premises and its impact on local pubs and coffee shops

Councillors have been recommended to approve planning permission at a development control and licensing committee meeting on Tuesday.

However, there are a number of conditions. They include limiting the use of the beer garden to between 8am and 11pm, ensuring CCTV is installed before it opens, no live music will be played and precise details of fencing and screening must be submitted.

A report to the council meeting says JD Wetherspoon has indicated it will not have music inside or outside the building and it is content to close outside areas at 11pm.

The existing car park at the back of the property will be used as a beer garden.

The pub is set to be named The Captain Noel Newton, after former Rutland High Sheriff who lived in the building before he sold it to the legion for £1,600 between 1948 to 1950.

Councillors have also been recommended to give Everards permission to turn The Horseshoe Inn, in Braunston Road, into a convenience store.

The brewery says the pub, which is still currently trading, is “no longer viable” because of falling trade in recent years.

However, more than 600 people have signed a petition launched by nearby shop Briars Mini Market, in Churchill Road, objecting to the plans.

Shop owners Inderjit and Devinder Gill have set up a new petition with the Rutland branch of the Campaign for Real Ale which is also strongly against the pub closure.