Wetherspoon submits plans for Wolverhampton hotel

27th June 2023 | Jack Oliver

JD Wetherspoon has submitted fresh plans to redevelop The Moon Under Water in Wolverhampton and is looking to create a 72-bedroom hotel and heritage centre.

The pub giant had originally secured planning permission from the local council in March 2020 to add an additional floor to the pub as part of wider developments.

It has now submitted a new proposal which will see the first, second, and third floors converted into a hotel, while a heritage centre would be created in the basement, with no additional storey required.

JD Wetherspoon is also proposing to make a number of alterations to both the interior and exterior of the building, as well as the creation of a larger, refurbished ground floor pub. The developments also detail the construction of a rear garden terrace on the first floor and an updated shopfront.

The 40,000 sq ft space which sits above The Moon Under Water has lain empty for over 33 years after being home to an old Co-op store.

The building, which sits opposite the Grand Theatre, is set to benefit from a redevelopment of Lichfield Street laid out in Wolverhampton Council’s centre transformation programme.

JD Wetherspoon expects to spend around £15m on the project, which it says will create around 70 new jobs.

Cllr Stephen Simkins, City of Wolverhampton Council deputy leader, said: “This is an exciting proposition and demonstrates the growing confidence in our city centre from the private sector.

“The council’s city centre transformation works are creating better public spaces that will attract more visitors and enable businesses to thrive and grow through a blended approach of retail supported by events and activities in quality public spaces and city centre living.”


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