Councillors give thumbs up to Lidl in Bourne

The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001

The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001

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Councillors have voted in favour of plans to build a Lidl supermarket in Bourne, subject to conditions and a discussion on opening hours.

South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee said it was minded to approve the application for the store in Gateway Park, off the A15/Raymond Mays Way roundabout, at a meeting on Tuesday (September 15).

But a final decision was deferred after Lidl and developer Temple Garth made a late request to move the closing time from 9pm to 10pm, and to allow deliveries during this time. These additions will be sent back to the relevant parish councils for considering, and the application will also need to go before the committee chairman, vice-chairman and business manager for development and implementation for final approval.

Temple Garth agent Mark Foster highlighted the importance of the site at Tuesday’s meeting. He said: “We feel privileged to have the opportunity to be there. Lidl have long aspired to be in Bourne.”

The 2,000 sq m supermarket, with 100 car parking spaces and additional cycle parking, will create 40 part and full-time jobs once it is built. The applicants said it was part of a long term objective to create a link road between the A15 and the A151.

Speaking at the meeting in favour of Lidl was Mayor of Bourne Philip Knowles. He said: “It means more money will be spent in Bourne that would have perhaps been spent outside. It will create jobs. It will increase retail competition in Bourne which should reduce costs for Bourne customers.”

Coun Knowles also highlighted how a public consultation at Bourne Corn Exchange saw 1,000 local residents give their views, and that almost all were in favour of the new supermarket.

The concerns of one Thurlby resident were read out during the meeting. Joyce Stevenson, who questioned the supermarket’s impact on town centre businesses said: “It will encourage shoppers out of town and invariably lead to the closure of more businesses in the centre.”

After a lengthy discussion the majority of the planning committee voted that it was mindful to approve the application, subject to deferral and conditions, with 14 in favour and two against.