Councillors have been urged to approve plans to build a Lidl supermarket in Bourne amid strong support from the public.
The application to build the shop off the A15 Elsea Park roundabout, next to the new McDonald’s, will go before South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday. And planning officers have recommended the plans be approved.
Mayor of Bourne Philip Knowles will speak in favour of the application at the meeting in an effort to further convince the committee of its merits. Coun Knowles will be joined by Coun David Mapp, who chairs the town council’s planning committee.
Public opinion has largely been in favour of the proposal, with hundreds of people turning up to a public exhibition in January and more than 90 per cent saying they wanted to see a Lidl in Bourne.
The mayor said: “Although there were one or two people who were unhappy at the exhibitions, the vast majority were in favour.
“A Lidl supermarket would expand competition and people are really looking forward to it coming. The company might become unhappy if it is not moving on.
“If the people want it, there seems no good reason why it shouldn’t get permission.
“We will represent the people of Bourne at the meeting. We will not only reflect the council’s feeling but also what the vast majority of the people in Bourne feel.”
The site is technically in the parish of Thurlby. District councillor for the area Barry Dobson (Con) said: “All in all it’s going to be a really good site. Hopefully it’s one way to help get another part of that ring road, which is sorely needed.”
The plans were originally submitted in February, and the town council gave its backing to the plans shortly afterwards. In May, Temple Garth was asked by the district council to look again at the impact of the supermarket on the surrounding landscape and the developer submitted amended landscaping documentation.
The town council considered the revised plans and said it was happy with the changes.
Stuart Morgan, of Temple Garth, said: “ We are pleased that the application can now be heard by the planning committee.
“The public response has been overwhelming and it is really clear that this facility is both wanted and needed by the town. We hope for a favourable decision so that we can deliver a new Lidl for Bourne.”