Wetherspoons serves up amended design for pub

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UPDATED plans for a new £1.6 million Wetherspoons pub in Stowmarket have been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon had an application to build a new two-storey public house and restaurant at 101-103 in Ipswich Street approved in 2008. The new application reworks the design of the building.

Philip Isbell, professional lead officer in planning control at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “We would like to see this piece of land developed, it’s crying out for it.”

A JD Wetherspoon spokesman said that the company had already begun developing the site and hoped to open the new pub – which will be called The Willow Tree – on April 26, 2011.

The pub would be open 7am to 1am, seven days a week and would create 50 new full time and part time jobs in the town.

John Hutson, Wetherspoon chief executive, said: “We are looking forward to opening our new pub in Stowmarket and believe it will be an asset to the town. We are confident that it will prove popular with people of all ages.”

Dave Benham, Stowmarket regeneration manager, said: “We are delighted that it’s finally going ahead, there’s a lot happening in Stowmarket. Wetherspoons is popular and they’re going to bring people into the town centre.”