Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan has welcomed the withdrawal by J D Wetherspoon of their planning application for an extended beer garden at Esquire House public house on Great Western Road.
This was the second such application submitted by the company and was met with concern by local residents. Monaghan liaised closely with other local representatives, Bill Kidd MSP, Councillor Feargal Dalton and Councillor Kenny McLean, who all expressed similar concerns on the issue.
Commenting, Monaghan said:
“Having visited the site, I had concerns about how the proposal would change the impact of the well-used public house on the local community. With outside seating for 220 people, the noise levels would impact greatly on local residents in the quiet streets adjacent to the premises. Additionally, residents in Fifth Avenue would have overlooked the proposed beer garden, which could potentially have had a detrimental impact on them.
“In August I wrote to both Glasgow City Council and J D Wetherspoon to lodge my objection on behalf of local residents. As well as noise level issues and the potential detrimental impact on residents, I highlighted my concerns on a lack of engagement with residents. Specifically, while neighbours immediately adjacent to the site were informed of the proposed development, as is the minimum legal requirement, there was no consultation with the wider local community.
“In reply J D Wetherspoon did confirm that they would review my request to withdraw the application and to liaise with the local community. With the withdrawal of the planning application now confirmed, I welcome this step and hope to see community engagement in action by the company wherever and whenever required.”