BOURNE could finally be getting a second petrol station.
South Kesteven District Council has finally sold its 4.2 acre plot of land in South Road, Bourne, for about £500,000 to two developers.
The Lindum Group and Lincoln-based Castle Square Developments are planning to build a new petrol station, a family pub restaurant and there is potential for a second restaurant and a motor dealership.
The developers are hoping to submit a planning application to the council by the end of March and if approved the businesses could be open by early next year.
Bourne has been crying out for a new petrol station as the only one is in North Street. Motorists often have to travel out of the town to the BP garage at Kates Bridge to fill up or sit in long queues at the Esso station.
Peter Harvey, development surveyor at the Lindum Group, which is based at North Hykeham, is delighted with the sale.
He said: “It is a very exciting development and we are pleased to be working in Bourne. The petrol filling station is something that we have been informed that the town of Bourne really wants.
“We have come to offer some competition and we look forward to moving it forward.”
The developers have been looking at the site since the autumn and completed the sale on Monday.
The land has been the subject of developers’ bids in recent years but none hs ever come to fruition.
Pub chain Marston’s had proposed to build a petrol station and pub on the land but the plans were axed in October, 2009.
Before that Henry Davidson Developments had outline planning permission for a petrol station, pub and drive-through restaurant, but again nothing was ever built. That planning permission has now expired.
Leader of the district council and Bourne town councillor Linda Neal (Con) is thrilled the sale has gone through.
She said: “I am delighted that at long last it looks like we are going to get a second petrol station in Bourne.”
The news has also been welcomed by mayor Pet Moisey, who says the town is in desperate need of a second petrol station due to the long queues seen at busy times at the North Street petrol station.
She said: “It is absolutely brilliant. It’s about time that Bourne got what it desperately needs.
“We are down to one petrol station in Bourne and our population is increasing considerably.”