Plan for £1m bar hopes to bring jobs to Belper

The former Bugsy Bar, on Strutt Street, Belper, which has been earmarked by JD Wetherspoon as part of plans for a new bar.
The former Bugsy Bar, on Strutt Street, Belper, which has been earmarked by JD Wetherspoon as part of plans for a new bar.

A disused town centre building is set to be transformed into a new £1 million bar and nightspot with a jobs boost for Belper.

JD Wetherspoon has submitted a planning application to convert the former Bugsy’s Bar and Diner, on Strutt Street, into a new venue and nightspot with about 45 new jobs up for grabs.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon has been keen to open a pub in Belper for a number of years and are pleased that this is now moving in the right direction.

“The company has exchanged on the former Bugsy’s Bar and put forward its planning application for consideration.

“We will await the outcome of the decision on planning.”

Wetherspoon aims to use existing parts of the building with external and internal alterations to create a public house.

The company also hopes the development will boost the town’s nightlife and economy.

Mr Gershon added: “Our aim is to develop a pub on the site, which we believe would be a good addition to Belper’s social scene.

“A new pub would create approximately 45 jobs and we would expect to spend more than £1 million on the redevelopment.

“Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in the region, but to this date does not have a pub in Belper itself.

“We also believe that if a Wetherspoon pub were to open in the town, it would act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the area.”

Consultees who have been considering the application include Amber Valley Access, Belper Town Council, Derbyshire County Council’s Highways department and various neighbours including the nearby Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Belper town councillor and town mayor, Dan Booth, said the application was due to be considered by the town council during its next meeting on June 9 before it would make any comment.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning committee is expected to make a decision on the application by June 21.

Mr Gershon added: “We would reiterate that we will await the outcome of the planning hearing before progressing further.”