More jobs promised for March as Weatherspoon win approval to convert office block to 12 bedroom hotel

PUBLISHED: 12:48 12 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:52 12 July 2014

Wetherspoon's pub the Hippodrome

Wetherspoon's pub the Hippodrome

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Extra jobs are promised by Wetherspoon who have won permission to convert the former Middle Level Commissioners office to a hotel.

Fenland District Council approved Wetherspoon’s application for the Dartford Road, March, building which will see it become a 12 bedroom hotel.

They also approved an application to extend the pub beer garden and build a barbecue area.

Wetherspoon has owned the next door Hippodrome since 2011 and say the hotel extension will be a boost for the

A company spokesman said: “JD Wetherspoon intends to invest a significant sum of money into the refurbishment project which would bring new confidence to the area and establish a new hotel within the town centre assisting the regeneration of March.

“Daytime activity will be increased whilst the evening economy would be improved. Furthermore, a significant number of new jobs will be created, employing locally recruited staff.”

One resident objected citing noise and litter concerns but the council says it is satisfied a wall around the beer garden will address these issues.

Officers also said the lack of on-site parking will be alleviated by the building’s town centre location, which provides it with good access to public transport.

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