Seating area to increase at town pub

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Plans to convert a car park into an additional seating area at a pub in Newmarket have been given the go-ahead by planning officers.

An application submitted by JD Wetherspoon to transform the car park at the back of its Golden Lion premises in the High Street was given the green light by officials at Forest Heath District Council at the end of last month.

The project, which is to cost in the region £200,000 and received no objections from Newmarket Town Council, will see the pub’s existing car park which can accommodate 12 cars, replaced with 170 additional outside seats, on top of the 76 that are already in place.

“We have had this on our project list for the past year and are pleased that it is now coming to fruition,” said Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon.

“Presently there is insufficient space to meet demand, particularly in the summer months and on race days and the extension will increase capacity in the garden from 76 to 246.

“Features included in the new area include laying new artificial turf, paved walkways, new garden furniture, jumbrellas and lighting.”

Work on the seating area is expected to be completed by the end of the month.