New plans to demolish pub and build store

Matt Wilkinson from Lincolnshire Co-op and Cllr. Frances Cartwright outside former pub at Morton near Bourne where theyt hope a new store will be opened. EMN-150320-143513009
Matt Wilkinson from Lincolnshire Co-op and Cllr. Frances Cartwright outside former pub at Morton near Bourne where theyt hope a new store will be opened. EMN-150320-143513009
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A supermarket chain has submitted new plans to demolish a pub and build a food store.

Lincolnshire Co-operative wants to knock down the Lord Nelson pub in Morton and replace it with a shop.

The site on one side of the village crossroads has been part of an ongoing planning saga which also included the former King’s Head on the other side of the A15.

But the company has now reaffirmed its commitment to the Lord Nelson site. The pub closed in May last year.

Store development manager Matthew Wilkinson said: “Saxondale Properties has resubmitted the planning application to build a Lincolnshire Co-op food store on the site of the Lord Nelson pub. Over the past few months we have considered the comments made on the previous application and worked hard with Saxondale Properties to improve it.

“As part of our efforts, we have undertaken traffic surveys and under the new plans a refuge to help pedestrians cross and a right hand turn lane into the food store would be introduced.

“We have also adjusted the design of the building to reduce impact on neighbouring properties.”

Lincolnshire Co-op demolished the King’s Head in November 2013, submitting plans to build a supermarket there the following month. The pub was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in 2007.

At the same time a separate application to demolish The Lord Nelson, in Bourne Road, and build a food store in its place was submitted by Aegis Architects. Rumours spread that the second application also involved the Co-op, but the firm initially refused to confirm involvement.

South Kesteven district councillors refused the Lord Nelson application in May last year, despite planning officers recommending it be approved.

Forty letters of objection were sent to the council and during the meeting there were representations from concerned villagers.

District councillor Judy Smith (Con), who represents the Bourne East ward and is a member of the planning committee, said members were concerned about the impact the new store would have on the A15, which runs through the centre of Morton.

Visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk to see the plans.