Warminster pub proposal supported by council 'in principle'
By nhavergal | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 15:10
A Warminster pub has put forward a proposal for a beer garden to Warminster Town Council which was discussed at the Planning Advisory Committee meeting on Monday.
The JD Wetherspoon pub Bath Arms proposed for a beer garden to be present at the pub as well as internal alterations and refurbishment improvements.
Members of the town council said they support the proposal 'in principle' however some concerns were raised about some of the possible developments.
The proposal to remove the existing doorway and replace it with double doors that would be open in the summer, members found this unacceptable as it could cause a disturbance to the 'Georgian street scene' in the town.
The council voted against this plan on this basis with one abstention.
Another part of the proposal is to have a car park located round the rear of the pub and pavement seating at the front of the building which also raised concerns.
The town council believed the car park may block a footpath which currently runs alongside the building. Councillor Nicklin believes the car park layout should be redesigned to ensure 'public access was maintained.'
Pavement seating also raised issues concerning the public highway it could potentially block a third of the pavement.
The council voted for the plans but comments on the issues raised by the proposal will be passed on to Wiltshire Council.
Councillor Nicklin said: "It is a pity architects didn't consult Warminster Town Council before putting such a strategic plan forward to the principal authority."
The council support the proposal and believe the issues raised will be 'ironed out'.
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