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Hope and Anchor applies to extend licensed hours

Pub could stay open to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - January 2020 Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - January 2020
Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The proprietors of the recently reopened Hope and Anchor on Station Road, Welham Green, want to extend the hours the pub can open and remove the restriction limiting the pub to staging 12 social events a year.

The pub’s director says the change is aimed at meeting local demand, and to offer a budget venue in Welham Green.

Anyone concerned about the increase in opening hours has until Friday 7 February to make their representations.

A ‘variation - premises & club licence application’ was submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s (WHBC) licensing office on Friday 10 January.

If the application is granted, the Hope and Anchor would stay open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays with the premises closing 30 minutes after “the finish time for licensable activities”.

The Hope and Anchor’s Facebook page has the current opening hours as being from noon to midnight.

There would also be unlimited events throughout the year.

Hope and Anchor variation licence application


“Large interest from local residents”


Events being advertised outside the Hope and Anchor  Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Events being advertised outside the Hope and Anchor
Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Gary Bush, the Hope and Anchor’s director, says the reason for the application is that the pub has received a large interest from local residents recently wanting to hold budget events without having to pay for room hire or for a DJ.
“During our four months running the Hope and Anchor we have applied for and been granted numerous licence hour extensions by the local authority to accommodate the large interest from the locals that have all ended in enjoyable, safe and nuisance-free experiences”.
He says these events include, “celebrations such as birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, wakes, and even a recently booked baby shower”.

He says the team running the Hope and Anchor “need to be able to broaden our use of the property to allow for these”.

Notices setting out application details


Legally-required blue notices setting out the details of the application have been posted around the premises.

The notices say that any representations regarding the application “must be received in writing by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Licensing section, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6AE or sent by email to licensing@welhat.gov.uk no later than 7 February 2020 stating the grounds for representations”.

Application details posted outside the Hope and Anchor Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Application details posted outside the Hope and Anchor
Image by North Mymms News, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Making representations regarding the extension


WHBC has produced a leaflet showing anyone concerned how they can make a representation to a licensing application. The document is embedded below.

According to the WHBC licensing department, representations must be on specific grounds with evidence included to support any concerns.



The pub is recorded as a Grade-II listed building by Historic England.

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