A PLANNING application has been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council by the pub giants who intend to restore the New Angel Inn on New Quay Road.
JD Wetherspoon intends to completely renovate the public house and hotel and claims that the reopening could create 50 new jobs for the town.
“It’s about time,” said Coun Joe Plant. “It’s not good for a tourist destination to have an empty building like that for a while and this will only enhance the town centre.”
Designed by architects K.D. Paine and Associates, the restored New Angel Inn will include two bars, an extended hotel and a pavement cafe.
Although the main core of the buildings will remain intact, there will be significant internal remodelling, including the creation of 20 extra hotel rooms on the building’s third and fourth floors, known previously as Laughton’s nightclub.
A completely new hotel entrance will be built in Angel Yard, and the architects believe the restoration of that area will provide a boost for other local businesses.
At the site of the currently-derelict burger bar there will also be a pavement cafe.
The pub and hotel is expected to reopen early next year with the creation of 50 new full and part-time jobs. It will also remove a major eyesore in the town and Coun Plant added: “We need to be mindful that we keep the small local businesses going but the building is already there and they’re making use of it.
“They wouldn’t come in if they didn’t think it would work and my personal feeling is we don’t want to detract from the town centre.”
JD Wetherspoon is well versed in renovating historical buildings as many of its 800 public houses within the UK are listed buildings or in conservation areas.
There are fears that the arrival of another national company in the town could be the start of an influx of larger chains, but Coun Plant believes this is not necessarily a cause for concern.
He said: “We’ve got a place for bigger chains and that’s up on the business park. We have lots to do in Whitby on the outside, but what if it’s inside on rainy days?
“My view is we should have a cinema and bowling park, so hopefully this could be the case.”
Consultation for the planning application ends on 9 July and a decision is set to be made on 13 August.