JD Wetherspoon Pub and Restaurant, Lymington

  • Client:
    JD Wetherspoon
  • Local Authority:
    New Forest District Council

The Brief

J D Wetherspoon had been refused permission to convert a shop in Lymington’s town centre to a pub. Reasons for refusal included an assertion that a pub would be an inappropriate neighbour to the parish church and some residential uses nearby, and concerns about its impact on the conservation area. The application had prompted a very large number of objections. The decision by New Forest District Council received national press coverage, with the Guardian asking “Is Lymington the snootiest town in Britain?”.

J D Wetherspoon appointed Globe to work with the architect to resubmit the application, trying to overcome the reasons for refusal, but expecting that this would simply be a prelude to an appeal.

Our Role

Globe worked closely with J D Wetherspoon’s in-house legal and pub management teams, and the project architect K D Paine & Associates Ltd, to both address all the planning and environmental health concerns raised by the Council and engage the local community in informed discussion about the proposed development and its likely impacts. We tackled the job as a problem-solving challenge, focusing on separating fact from supposition.

Outcomes

The re-submitted application was again the subject of a very large number of representations – this time almost equally “for” and “against”. The Council’s planning committee recognised that the information provided addressed the concerns that had led to the previous refusal and decided to grant permission.

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