Decision due on plan for Co-operative in Morton

Exterior of the Lord Nelson at Morton, near Bourne EMN-140605-232929009
Exterior of the Lord Nelson at Morton, near Bourne EMN-140605-232929009
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Councillors will vote on plans to knock down a pub and build a food shop in its place.

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s plan to demolish the old Lord Nelson pub in Bourne Road, Morton, and replace it with a shop will be discussed by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday, October 13.

The proposals have attracted widespread local opposition, but planning officers have recommended approval.

A report to committee says: “The proposed use would result in an alternative community use for the site.

“The design of the building would result in an enhancement over and above the existing building, subject conditions,and respect the character of the conservation area.”

Residents and Morton Parish Council have previously raised concerns about the impact of the shop on road safety at the busy A15 crossroads. But council officers have dismissed these concerns.

The report says: “Highway safety would not be compromised having regard to parking provision, vehicle movements and pedestrian movements taking into account the contribution made with regard to highway improvements.”

A previous application for the same site was submitted in late 2013. South Kesteven district councillors refused planning permission in May 2014, despite planning officers recommending it be approved, in the interests of highway safety and potential danger to pedestrians.

A subsequent appeal by the developer was dismissed by a planning inspector. The new plan aims to address the safety concerns.

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