Marston’s pub plan set for go-ahead in Bourne

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A SCHEME to build a pub is on the verge of approval after eight years of planning.

Pub chain Marston’s wants to build a pub and Lindum Group wants to build a petrol station on greenfield land off South Road, Bourne, to the east of the Elsea Park roundabout.

Planning applications for both have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council and Marston’s plans will be discussed by councillors at the development control committee meeting on Tuesday. Officers have recommended the pub proposals, which would create up to 50 jobs, for approval.

Outline permission for roadside services, a petrol station, garage and hotel on the site was granted in April 2004 with outline permission for a public house, restaurant and access following in November 2005.

Details regarding an access and link road were approved by the district council in March 2006 but a full application for a petrol station, shop and forecourt, which would have included a drive-through Burger King restaurant, was refused permission in December that year.

According to a planning officers’ report the application was refused because of “highway and archaeological concerns along with the design of the building being inappropriate”.

Marston’s submitted its application in December and the proposals for a pub with parking for 58 vehicles to the rear, look set to be approved.

The officer report that will go before the committee on Tuesday says the plans have been recommended for approval despite the land not being allocated by the council for development. This is because previous permissions granted indicate support for work on the site.

The report adds: “A sequential test of alternative sites has been undertaken and there are none more preferable within the locality.

“The design, scale and materials of the public house are appropriate within the context. It is not considered that the proposal would have a detrimental impact on residential amenity through a dominating or overlooking impact nor through noise that may be generated.”

The report also says the development would not cause highway problems or affect any protected species.

Bourne Town Council said it had no objections to the pub plans but asked for conditions to be imposed on landscaping, delivery hours and opening times to address noise concerns.

Lindum Group’s petrol station is much-needed in Bourne, which is only served by the Esso garage in North Street.

The North Hykeham group and Lincoln-based Castle Square Developments bought the 4.2 acre site in February for £500,000.