Revamp of Bourne town centre moves a step closer

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A MULTI-million pound town centre regeneration has moved a step closer after a council chose a developer.

South Kesteven District Council officers have recommended Lincoln firm Trent Valley Construction to redevelop the Wherry’s Mill area of Bourne in a project set to cost about £2.2 million.

The firm beat competition from five other companies to secure officer recommendation.

The award of the contract will now go before portfolio holder for economic development Francis Cartwright for approval by August 22.

The council wants to give Bourne a new lease of life by redeveloping what it calls “an unattractive brown-field site”.

The work will include the turning Wherry’s Mill in Burghley Street, which is currently used as a warehouse, into flats. A new adjoining block will be built for use as ground floor retail or commercial units and first and second floor residential accommodation.

Provision for a potential further phase of development on neighbouring land will also be made. The work is all subject to planning permission.

Chairman of the Bourne Business Chamber Kevin Hicks said: “Any development moving forward is a very positive move. We still need to wait for the final details of the plan before commenting further, but if the money has been allocated then it should be used.”

The council has been considering the town centre redevelopment since 2004.

Officers held a second public consultation on the plans in March last year. The previous consultation was in 2005, when proposals by three developers were unveiled. Henry Davidson Developments was chosen the same year but dropped out in 2006 and the council began talks to find a new developer.