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Warminster pub has £1.8m refit before relaunch
4:56pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
Wetherspoon is looking to redevelop Warminster pub the Bath Arms in November, after the national chain’s planning application for a refurbishment and a new beer garden was approved by Wiltshire Council.
The pub, closed since July 2012, is expected to re-open in March or April next year, after a £1.8 million revamp.
Plans include refurbishment and renovation of the decoration and fittings, a new beer garden and alterations, including a lift for disabled customers and new stairs.
Wetherspoon still needs a licence for the Bath Arms, a Grade II listed building, but the re-opening could create 40 to 45 jobs.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We are delighted that planning has now been granted. We have been keen to open in Warminster for many years and pleased that this is now coming to fruition.
“We believe a Wetherspoon pub will be an asset to the area and also act as a catalyst for further investment into the town.”
The plans had met resistance from Warminster Town Council, over seating at the front, with concerns about tables blocking the pavement for pedestrians, so Wetherspoon altered its application application.
Cllr George Jolley said: “It will be nice to see the building being used again and it will bring more life into the town, as I believe that Wetherspoon is one of the major players.
“They listened to what we have said and revised their plans to meet our expectations.”