Pub chain plans will ‘regenerate the area’

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A pub chain has submitted plans to open a £1.8m venue in Oakham town centre creating 50 jobs, its second application for the area.

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

It’s the firm’s second application for the area. In February, it submitted an application to transform the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Stamford.

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

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 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.

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

Wetherspoon has recently altered its application for the Stamford pub, removing the proposed smoking shelter from its plans.

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

The Mercury and the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust will be moving to other premises in Stamford.