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Plans for a new theatre and pub at Crown Wharf have been recommended for approval.

Crown WharfMembers of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee will meet next week to discuss the application for the development of Stone’s Crown Wharf.

The Joule’s Brewery project, with support from Stone Revellers and Stone Town Council, includes a theatre with up to 140 seats, and the reuse of derelict buildings as a backstage area and stores. Along with a public house. Members will be told the site for the Joule’s flagship ‘Tap House’ has “important brewery history.”

In a report to the committee planning officers at the Borough Council have recommended the scheme is approved.

Stafford Borough Council planning committee will meet on Wednesday 16th January to make a decision; the full planning agenda can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/1819-committee-meetings

The proposed development is another boost to the town which has seen major retail outlets open last year – Marks and Spencer Foodhall and B&M, as well as a number of independent shops.

Specsavers is due to open in Stone High Street early in 2019 followed a few months later by a new multi-million-pound leisure centre on Westbridge Park.

The report, which is available online, also states:

“The scheme shows the reuse and incorporation of the derelict Wharfinger`s store and cottage as a backstage area, changing/green rooms and stores for the theatre, to which it would be attached.

The theatre would seat up to 140 and have a more distinctive shape and form compared to the bar buildings, but it would be linked to its foyer area and theatre bar within the main public house building.

The public house would have a more traditional appearance, reusing elements in the design of the former brewery stores further to the north west along the canal side.

Pedestrian access to both facilities is shown on the north side facing into a courtyard and the bars would have access onto a covered terrace facing the canal.”

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