Pub gets go-ahead after concerns

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THE GO-AHEAD has been given for one of Whitby’s biggest eyesores to be developed into a Wetherspoon pub with a hotel.

After a series of concerns were worked through, planning permission was granted for the chain to transform the former New Angel pub on New Quay road which closed in December 2010.

As well as alterations and extensions to the existing bar and restaurant, works will include creation of new hotel bedrooms on the third and fourth floors (formerly known as the Assembly Rooms); dedicated hotel entrance in Angel Yard; lift to all floors; ground and first floor toilets; replacement of all windows, new bin store in Angel Yard as well as a complete internal refurb and external alterations.

Some plans have been changed and altered after concerns from residents, Whitby Town Council and Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) itself.

Some Jutland House residents expressed worries about noise and smoke drifting up to their balconies from an outdoor smoking area and a pavement cafe.

Siggy’s neighbouring fish and chip shop was concerned about the closeness of the smoking area and bin stores to his food outlet as well traffic congestion along Baxtergate and New Quay Road with deliveries.

Whitby Town Council shared the concerns and had recommended refusal saying it was over development of the site, roof tiles were not in keeping and there was no parking provision.

Meanwhile, officers at SBC had said they would prefer for windows to be timber rather than uPVC.

In response, the pub giant has agreed to delete plans for the pavement cafe, move the bin store and use timber for the upper sash windows.

SBC has also imposed a condition restricting the playing of music.

However, many people have backed the plans to convert the New Angel, including Jutland House residents Mr J Bowman and Mrs J M Wood who said: “We are delighted to know JD Wetherspoon PLC are taking over the Angel Hotel they run very good bars and restaurants.

“Very glad when Night Club and Angel bar was closed, due to noise at 4am in the morning, after loud music for approx 5 hours. No objections whatsoever. Good luck to Wetherspoons.”

Reports presented to councillors at last Thursday’s planning meeting said: “The proposal will bring much needed employment to the town, will extend the range and the quality of the accommodation available for visitors and assist in revitalising the immediate locality and improve the ambience of the area.”

The former New Angel pub is considered to be of local historical importance because of its original role as chief inn and posting house in Whitby and was said to be “probably more highly rated than many of the merchant houses.”

It was also the venue in 1831 for the meetings which led to the building of the Whitby to Pickering Railway and the rear part of the building is of significance because of its use as the Assembly Hall or ballroom.