Reluctant yes to Morrisons’ plan for former Jack and Jenny pub

Gazette: Reluctant yes to Morrisons’ plan for former pub Reluctant yes to Morrisons’ plan for former pub

A bid to turn a pub into a Morrisons supermarket has been reluctantly approved.

The former Jack and Jenny pub, in Hatfield Road, Witham, is set to become a Morrisons M local store after proposals for doors and delivery ramps were approved by Braintree Council’s planning committee.

Under planning laws, Morrisons does not require approval for a change of use to open on the site.

The chain has also been granted permission at a licensing committee meeting to sell alcohol from 6am to midnight, seven days a week.

A report by planning officers warned Braintree Council might be liable for costs if it refused the application.

Planning committee members expressed sympathy for Witham Town Council and nearby residents who voiced their opposition to Morrisons’ plans.

Phil Barlow, district councillor for Witham North, said: “I will have to support this as I have no wish to write a cheque as a result of costs being awarded against us because we have refused this unreasonably.”

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6:30pm Mon 30 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Blame the Pubco and their greed for this!
Blame the Pubco and their greed for this! totallyfootball

7:44pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Past user says...

Absolutely disgusting!!! Pub co made it impossible to be attracted to open this back up, I know first hand !!!!!
Absolutely disgusting!!! Pub co made it impossible to be attracted to open this back up, I know first hand !!!!! Past user

7:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Past user says...

People need to stand up and fight, why did the council give permission to a new pub around the corner, when the Jack and Jenny was the place to go for a great carvery, pool tournaments and a family place to gather?
The problem was with the land lords wanting new tenants to pay for refurb costing thousands and thousands before you opened the door to the public, total madness!!!!!!!!!
People need to stand up and fight, why did the council give permission to a new pub around the corner, when the Jack and Jenny was the place to go for a great carvery, pool tournaments and a family place to gather? The problem was with the land lords wanting new tenants to pay for refurb costing thousands and thousands before you opened the door to the public, total madness!!!!!!!!! Past user

8:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Past user wrote:
Absolutely disgusting!!! Pub co made it impossible to be attracted to open this back up, I know first hand !!!!!
I tried to buy the lease and was messed about to the point of losing interest!
[quote][p][bold]Past user[/bold] wrote: Absolutely disgusting!!! Pub co made it impossible to be attracted to open this back up, I know first hand !!!!![/p][/quote]I tried to buy the lease and was messed about to the point of losing interest! totallyfootball

9:23am Tue 31 Dec 13

reutemann says...

So the Council should be campaigning for the planning laws to be changed so that they're able to block this sort of development.
So the Council should be campaigning for the planning laws to be changed so that they're able to block this sort of development. reutemann

1:01pm Tue 31 Dec 13

TheCaptain says...

Past user wrote:
People need to stand up and fight, why did the council give permission to a new pub around the corner, when the Jack and Jenny was the place to go for a great carvery, pool tournaments and a family place to gather?
The problem was with the land lords wanting new tenants to pay for refurb costing thousands and thousands before you opened the door to the public, total madness!!!!!!!!!
Sad though it is, the Council has to abide by planning law and not what the public wants or common sense dictates.

Really hate to see the loss of pubs like this
[quote][p][bold]Past user[/bold] wrote: People need to stand up and fight, why did the council give permission to a new pub around the corner, when the Jack and Jenny was the place to go for a great carvery, pool tournaments and a family place to gather? The problem was with the land lords wanting new tenants to pay for refurb costing thousands and thousands before you opened the door to the public, total madness!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Sad though it is, the Council has to abide by planning law and not what the public wants or common sense dictates. Really hate to see the loss of pubs like this TheCaptain

2:21pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Blue Boy says...

great carvery?? i went in there once and can see why it closed, Toby is a great Carvery, that pubs carvery was well lets say dog do, the atmosphere was lousy and you got stared at if you wasn't a local to it! the pub round the corner is and will be a much better pub then that one even with a refurb.
great carvery?? i went in there once and can see why it closed, Toby is a great Carvery, that pubs carvery was well lets say dog do, the atmosphere was lousy and you got stared at if you wasn't a local to it! the pub round the corner is and will be a much better pub then that one even with a refurb. Blue Boy

3:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

keith_l says...

The Morrisons will be a great resource for the area - will be my closest supermarket. However, I hope that they can address the concerns that many of the immediate neighbours experessed to the planning department in relation to the noise of the air conditioning/refridg
eration units and traffic problems cause by the car park exiting onto what is already a busy junction. Perhaps they can make an access from the car park across to the Maltings Lane Estate?

People should note as well that the planning permission granted was not for the conversion from pub to supermarket - that can be done without PP as they fall into the same usage class. The PP was for a delivery ramp and installation of the AC units.
The Morrisons will be a great resource for the area - will be my closest supermarket. However, I hope that they can address the concerns that many of the immediate neighbours experessed to the planning department in relation to the noise of the air conditioning/refridg eration units and traffic problems cause by the car park exiting onto what is already a busy junction. Perhaps they can make an access from the car park across to the Maltings Lane Estate? People should note as well that the planning permission granted was not for the conversion from pub to supermarket - that can be done without PP as they fall into the same usage class. The PP was for a delivery ramp and installation of the AC units. keith_l

10:52am Sun 26 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent use of an empty pub.
Excellent use of an empty pub. Jack222

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