The King’s Head in Morton could be demolished by winter

The King's Head in Morton, pictured in October 2012
The King's Head in Morton, pictured in October 2012
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A company planning to demolish a pub to make way for a supermarket says it has been advised to knock down the building by winter.

The King’s Head in Folkingham Road, Morton, has been empty since the pub was severely damaged by fire in what was believed to be an arson attack in 2007.

The site was purchased by Lincolnshire Co-op after the fire to redevelop into a food store.

But the plans were put on hold as the company was told the changes they wanted to make to the building were not suitable. Lincolnshire County Council highways officers also raised concerns about access to the site via the A15 entrance.

The property was put back on the market two years ago for £150,000 but did not sell.

The property has deteriorated further while it has been vacant and on the advice of building control and a structural engineer, Lincolnshire Co-op has removed an unsafe window.

Lincolnshire Co-op spokesman Michelle Scott said: “We have received advice from building control and a structural engineer that demolition of it should be carried out before the winter. 

“We have secured the site to prevent danger to the public and are now moving forward with plans to demolish.

“We hope to soon be in a position to put forward plans for a new foodstore, designed in a way that respects the history of the site and the character of the area.”

Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council approved of the plans to demolish the structure, as long as any replacement was as close as possible to the character of the building before the fire.

The King’s Head is situated within the conservation area of Morton but is not a listed property although South Kesteven District Council has confirmed that The King’s Head is identified as a “building of merit”.