A supermarket company has abandoned plans to build a shop on a former village pub site, instead opting to knock down another pub opposite and redevelop that site.
Lincolnshire Co-operative demolished the old King’s Head pub in High Street, Morton, in November, submitting plans to build a supermarket there the following month.
At the same time a separate planning application to demolish The Lord Nelson, in Bourne Road, and build a food store in its place was submitted by Aegis Architects.
This week Lincolnshire Co-operative revealed that it had abandoned its plan to develop the King’s Head site and had instead switched its attention to The Lord Nelson.
Spokesman Emma Snedden said: “We feel a new food store in Morton will give people in the village further shopping choice and a place to do ‘top up’ shopping without travelling far.
“This site is better placed to provide parking facilities and, because the store would be set further back from the road, would allow for better sight lines at the A15 junction.”
There has been much confusion in Morton over the plans for the two sites, which lie either side of the busy A15 crossroads.
Lincolnshire Co-operative bought the King’s Head site in 2010 and announced its intention to turn it into a food store in 2011. But residents were bewildered when plans for The Lord Nelson were submitted in December last year.
Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council has already objected to both applications. Members are concerned about the impact of extra traffic at the crossroads and the potential danger for pedestrians and drivers.
Lincolnshire Co-operative met councillors on Tuesday to explain the latest development. The meeting was supposed to be informal and private, but about 30 residents turned up to listen.
Parish clerk Terry Barnatt said: “The parish council has put in the same objections, mostly to do with traffic concerns and safety at the crossroads. Nothing has changed as far as the council’s attitude to the application.”
Lord Nelson landlord John Hailey will be forced to vacate the pub once brewery Marston’s, which owns the building, completes the sale. He said: “It’s totally wrong that a big company like Lincolnshire Co-operative is allowed to come into a small village and do what they have done.”