Braintree: Pub permission granted despite fears about impact on town (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree: Pub permission granted despite fears about impact on town
9:00am Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
Approval has been granted for a pub to be built on a business park despite fears it could draw people away from the town centre.
Brewers Greene King have been granted permission to build a Hungry Horse pub on scrubland in Avenue East, on the Skyline 120 business park in Great Notley.
Permission had been granted to build a restaurant on the site in 2007, but last week Braintree Council’s planning committee approved an application to allow a pub to be built.
Ron Ramage, district councillor for Braintree Central, said: “There is a captive audience for this facility and it is a growth area so I feel there needs to be some facilities around the area to cater for the people actually working there.”
Councillors spoke of the potential employment benefits of having a pub on the site.
But James Abbott, the only committee member to vote against the proposals, said: “I have concerns about the impact on residents as the pub will be open every night until 12.30am and it says specifically it is likely to draw custom from a wider area.
“I thought we were supposed to be protecting our town centre.”
The Hungry Horse pub is expected to create ten full-time and 30 part-time jobs.
The site would also include a 70-space car park, a patio, a beer garden and a children’s play area.