Former register office in Bourne could be turned into shop and cafe

The former Bourne Register Office
The former Bourne Register Office

Plans to turn the former register office in Bourne into a shop and a restaurant have been revealed in a planning application.

A planning application has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council’s planning department for permission to change the use of the building in West Street.

The application by Roger Hill Design Consultants on behalf of Stephen Singleton of Singleton’s Rent is to change the ground floor of the old register office into a shop at the western end of the building.

The rest of the building will be converted into a cafe and restaurant.

A single story extension will be needed to house part of the cafe’s kitchens, a staff rest area and toilets.

Plans for the extension to the 18th century Grade II listed building located within the Bourne Conservation Area, have been drawn up in consultation with a conservation officer from Lincolnshire Planning Authority.

The register office closed in March this year when Lincolnshire County Council transferred its services into the renovated community access point at the Bourne Corn Exchange along with district and town council services.

Before the building was used as a register office it was a shop and a house.

The plans for a shop on the site would see the shop front revert back to its previous state in 1997.

The works inside will reinstate the layout of the building to when it was originally listed in 1972.

An outside grassed area previously used by the register office for wedding photos will become outside seating for restaurant customers.

The plans do not add to the site’s current five parking spaces with the application stating there is sufficient parking nearby.

It is not yet known when the application will be considered by the council.