Pen Cob, Wetherspoons, p KDPA Architects

An earlier version of Wetherspoon's plans was refused in 2018. Credit: KDPA Architects

Hotel, terrace set for Gwynedd Wetherspoons

Situated off Station Square, the Pen Cob in Pwllheli can now be extended following the council’s long-awaited approval.

J D Wetherspoon will transform the currently undeveloped upper floor space of the existing pub to deliver a 33-bedroom hotel.

K D Paine & Associates designed the scheme, which will also see the redevelopment of the former Tiggs store next door to create a 2,600 sq ft beer garden and roof terrace. Wetherspoons acquired the shop in 2016 with the intention to expand.

There will be “no major alterations to the existing building and the existing elevations will be repaired as necessary and decorated with the same scheme as the existing pub”, according to a design and access statement.

Named after its location near The Cob, the Pen Cob pub sits within the former Bon Marche building opposite the train station and was opened in 2013.

This is not the first time that the national pub chain has tried to transform the tavern.  An earlier application was refused in 2018 due to unresolved concerns relating to flood risk and the impact of the development on the area.

Wetherspoon returned to the planning department in 2019 with the current application, which was once again delayed for the same reasons.

Cadnant Planning was recruited in 2022 to resolve matters, with amended plans featuring an improved appearance of the site from the Maes.

The project team also includes DBR Associates, Spectrum, and ADC Infrastructure.

To learn more about the plans, search for application number C19/0631/45/LL on Gwynedd Council’s planning portal.

The project marks the chain’s fourth hotel venture in Wales, including one in Ruthin in North Wales.

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About time. This should be great for the town, bringing jobs etc. Lets hope ther are no further delays or hold-ups !!

By Geoffrey YHope-Whitney

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