Plans for three stores on Bourne housing estate

The site in Elsea Park, Bourne, where Taylor Wimpey wants to build three shops, one of which is likely to be a Co-operative Food store. Photo: Jonathan Smith. EMN-150114-161656001
The site in Elsea Park, Bourne, where Taylor Wimpey wants to build three shops, one of which is likely to be a Co-operative Food store. Photo: Jonathan Smith. EMN-150114-161656001
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A developer has unveiled plans to build three shops including a convenience store on a rapidly-growing housing estate.

Taylor Wimpey has applied to South Kesteven District Council to build three retail units on its part of Elsea Park in Bourne.

Images in the planning application suggest the larger of the three stores would be a Co-operative Food shop, although the company has not confirmed its interest.

A spokesman said: “The Co-operative Food has a clear vision to be the best local food retailer in the UK and over the coming years our main focus will be to develop our existing convenience store estate.

“We are aware of a site in Bourne, but cannot comment on specific properties at this time.”

The new shops would be built on land near the western roundabout in Raymond Mays Way, pictured above. According to the planning application the two smaller units could potentially be used by a range of businesses, from shops and professional services to cafes and bars.

The larger convenience store unit would be 4,000 sq ft while the smaller units would each be 900 sq ft.

Parking and delivery space for the three businesses would also be provided.

According to the plans: “The proposed units have been sited and designed so as to ensure that there are no active frontages or “back of shop” functions that would lead to any potential disturbance to adjoining residential properties to the east. These units are well set back by parking courts and rear gardens to protect their amenity.”

The application is the latest boost for Bourne’s retail scene. Discount chain Lidl wants to build a supermarket next to the new petrol station on the A15 roundabout, east of Elsea Park.

The company and developer Temple Garth held a public consultation event at Bourne Corn Exchange on Thursday last week. Reaction to the plans was largely positive.

According to Temple Garth more than 500 feedback forms were returned by the visitors at the meeting. A total of 92.4 per cent said they wanted the store, 6.2 per cent had reservations but were in favour and 1.4 per cent were against. Concerns included increased traffic, public transport and car parking.