Felixstowe: £2.6m Wetherspoons pub project to create a new ‘gateway’ to town centre

Wetherspoons in coming to Felixstowe Wetherspoons in coming to Felixstowe

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Thursday, July 3, 2014
6:17 PM

Leisure and pub operators JD Wetherspoon are proposing to create 20 new jobs in a town centre with a £2.6million development.

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The company has been searching for a suitable site for sometime in Felixstowe and has now bought the old Central Surgery premises.

The GP practice in Hamilton Road has been empty and boarded up since the surgery moved to the new Grove Medical Centre on the edge of the town a few months ago.

The surgery had been described by health chiefs as one of the worst buildings in Suffolk, cramped and leaking, with a desperate need to replace it with modern and larger facilities for the growing practice and its increasing workload.

JD Wetherspoon bought the site, the gateway to the town centre and opposite the Orwell Hotel, for around £375,000 and has now submitted proposals to Suffolk Coastal council to demolish the surgery buildings and replace them with a two-storey pub.

Eating and drinking and will take place on the ground floor while the toilets and back of house facilities would be upstairs. There would be no car parking.

The company says the development will create ten full-time and ten part-time jobs.

It said the design of the building has been very carefully managed to make the best use of the 17,653sq ft site and to provide the smallest building needed for the throughput of clientele expected.

It said: “The proposal presents an opportunity to bring a viable, sustainable use to this currently under-used building.

“The contribution this site makes to the quality of the area can therefore be considerably enhanced by this redevelopment.”

The company wil be applying for opening times of 7am to 12.30am for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, and 7am to 1.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 24-hour opening on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

It has not held any pre-consultation with the public because it believes the pub “will not in any way adversely impact on neighbouring properties or local environment” and believes it could help to attract further investment to the resort.

16 comments

  • Given that will be just 100 yards from a police station, I can't think of a better location for a pub.

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    DA53DKA

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • There is already a pub next door to Fairfield, and name a pub not in a residential area?

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    DA53DKA

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Great news .. About time Felixstowe had a pub on the high street!

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    Rufus3rd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • What do you mean by "certain type of clientele"? Please explain yourself. And please inform me of the spiffing beer you have come to expect from the places you frequent and also where might I find such a delight? Tally ho old boy!

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Whinge whinge whinge. There is already a pub near Fairfield - mentioned in my previous post and aren't MOST pubs near residential housing? Or is the Ferry Boat Inn the only acceptably placed pub for you?

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Liam Dodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • This is a bit like having a Tesco Superstore on the doorstep as far as the existing (already stretched) pub scene in the Felixstowe area is concerned! Surely we should be supporting our existing local businesses?

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    John Shirley

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Whinge whinge whinge. There is already a pub near Fairfield - mentioned in my previous post and aren't MOST pubs near residential housing? Or is the Ferry Boat Inn the only acceptably placed pub for you? What do you mean by "certain type of clientele"? Please explain yourself. How about you stick to your bargain £4 a pint snooty whatto chaps establishment that serve exactly the same spiffing beer (aka Carlsberg). Tally ho!

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Wetherspoons pubs attract a certain type of clientele who enjoy tasteless bland beer and microwaved food. Perfect for Felixstowe..

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    fuztownsend

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Felixstowe does not need this pub there are more than enough already! Locating it near residential housing and a primary school is madness.

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    DAblitt

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Chuffers will be chuffed. daline... what residents? Texaco round the back, the Elizabeth over the road? Great Eastern square where there is literally nothing? So it's not a good idea to have pubs anywhere near where people might live? Makes sense. Remember Wetherspoons isn't one of those places that plays music at all, so what are you on about? Maybe they should've turned it into another charity shop huh?

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    Liam Dodd

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Cheap beer, cheap food. Can't go wrong.

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Seeing the proposed opening hours I am not sure how happy the nearby residents will be.

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    DALINE

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Considering the dearth of decent pubs in Felixstowe (the only one I've heard any decent reports about is the White Horse), Wetherspoon's should improve the place a lot. Though given how few people I saw at the Beer on the Beach event last weekend, I wonder if there are enough residents who are sufficiently interested in good ale to support the pub.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • This is beter palce for it being a all year pub unlike the couple on the sea front that are only do a good trade for a few summer month of the year

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    zaax

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • I'd have preferred it to have been closer to the sea front, but still a good move for the town.

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    RC

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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