Pizza Hut plan for Wellingborough pub agreed

Star Bar in Wellingborough
Star Bar in Wellingborough

An application to turn a pub into a fast food takeaway has been approved.

Wellingborough Council has approved an application to turn the Star Bar in Wellingborough High Street into a Pizza Hut delivery outlet.

The application was approved earlier this month with the condition that the opening hours are restricted to 11am to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The property was put on the market last year with an asking price of £195,000 freehold and marketed as being of interest to pub/restaurant operators, convenience store operators and developers/investors. The council received two letters of objection from residents to the plans.

Alan Rainbow wrote: “I was very saddened to see that yet another drinking establishment is being closed down in favour of another fast food restaurant.

“We have too many of these as it is and the pub is a useful port of call and venue to generate works for the local business community. It is not in the main town centre, which is a dive anyway, and is ideally placed for a quiet Friday evening drink.”

He added: “We do not need any more fast food places, in fact we need to remove some asap and we already have a Pizza Hut.”

John Byrne also contacted the council to object to the plan and said: “I think there are too many fast food restaurants in the town and all the local pubs/bars are being closed down.”

The application for the change of use stated that the new delivery outlet would create 10 to 15 jobs and said: “These jobs are likely to be available on flexible terms and will be suited towards younger people, an age group which has been significantly affected as a result of the recent recession.”

It added: “The proposal will contribute towards the vitality and viability in the town centre and complement the function of the area.

“The shop front will be designed to a high standard in keeping with the streetscene. The use will operate daily including during the lunchtime period. This will encourage customers and footfall both during shopping hours and into the evening.”