JD Wetherspoon submits plans for £1.8m pub in Oakham

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A pub chain giant has submitted a planning application to open a new venue in Oakham town centre.

JD Wetherspoon is looking to turn the former Royal British Legion club in High Street into a pub.

The firm has applied to Rutland County Council for permission for change of use at the site and wants to build a rear extension and a beer garden with boundary wall.

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

The ground floor of the building will include a customer area and bar area with a range of furnishing, covering 300 sq metres. There will also be a toilet with baby changing facilities.

The pub’s kitchen will be on the first floor, as well as an office, store room and staff room. Further men’s and women’s toilets will also be on the first floor.

The car park which is currently located at the back of the property will be used as a beer garden, which will measure about 190 sq metres.

The building had been home to the Oakham branch of the Royal British Legion for about 60 years before it moved out in 2008. It is a grade II listed building and is located in Oakham Conservation Area.

The firm says the pub will help “enhance” and “regenerate” the west end of Oakham town centre.

The firm says the pub will welcome families and community groups and feature an all-day menu with a focus towards growth in food and trade throughout the day.

Wetherspoons is also hoping to open a pub in Stamford after submitting a planning application for a venue in Sheep Market in February.

The firm has more than 850 pubs across the country.

The plans have been drawn up on behalf of Wetherspoons by WPM Architectural Design and Project Management, and Signet Planning.

To see the plans in full, visit the council’s website at www.rutland.gov.uk