Derelict garage and supermarket in Bourne could finally be redeveloped

The former Raymond  Mays garage site in Spalding Road
The former Raymond Mays garage site in Spalding Road

A DERELICT garage and supermarket could finally be re-developed if planners grant an application next week.

Anglia Regional Co-operative Society has applied to South Kesteven District Council for extra time to create a housing development on the former Rainbow supermarket and Raymond Mays garage sites in Bourne.

Time is running out for the society to develop the land after it was given three years in June 2008 to put up the houses and access road.

The society was granted outline planning permission for a residential development and access road on the supermarket site in Manning Road.

It was also granted outline planning permission to build 29 homes on the garage site in Spalding Road. The society is holding talks with Larkfleet Homes, which is based in Falcon Way, Bourne, to develop the site.

Planning officers are recommending the development control committee, which meets on Tuesday, gives the society a further three years to create the development.

A report to the committee states that the society has indicated that up to 81 homes could be built on the former Rainbow site.

It states: “Although an outline application the applicant has indicated that the development is likely to comprise of two storey properties with varying ridge heights. Some two-and-a-half storey properties may be used in focal points around the development.

“It is considered that the proposed indicative scale and layout reflects those of other residential developments in the surrounding area.

“Given that the site has had consent for residential development in the past it is considered that a suitable layout can be achieved at the reserved matters stage which would ensure that the residential amenities of both the occupiers of the existing and proposed dwellings are protected.”

The report states that Delaine Buses, which owns a site to the north of the development, called for the transport impact assessment to be completed following complaints about parking in Manning Road.

The planning recommendation has been welcomed by mayor Brenda Johnson. “The garage site is an eyesore,” she said. “If it is not going to be developed for another three years then I would like to see them made to keep it tidy.”

Town councillor Jane Kingman said she wanted to see the site developed into an arts centre with cinema.

The supermarket has been empty for more than a year following the opening of the Co-op food store in the Burghley Centre. The garage has been empty for more than five years.