Work could soon begin on major apartment complex in Bourne

The site next to the Corn Mill in South Street, Bourne, from South Street.'Photo: MSMP220415-006js
The site next to the Corn Mill in South Street, Bourne, from South Street.'Photo: MSMP220415-006js
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A developer is ready to push ahead with plans for a complex of 17 apartments which was put on hold during the recession.

Bailey Builders hopes to begin work on the development next to the old Corn Mill in South Street, Bourne, by September this year.

Planning permission for a total of 18 flats, including six within the Corn Mill building, was granted in 2007. The flats in the existing building were finished some time ago and foundation work on the rest of the complex was started. But building work was put on hold after the recession hit.

With the economy now recovering, the developer is ready to get back on site and start building the complex. But South Kesteven District Council has asked for a new planning application to take design changes into account.

Bailey Builders director Jim Cunningham said: “Because of the recession we put a hold on it, thinking it would only be about a year or two.

“We want to get on with it now but we had to apply to make a small change. Usually you do that with an amendment, but the council asked us to apply for full planning.

“As soon as the council gives the decision we can get started. We want to start in September this year.”

The change is to the design of the roof, which Mr Cunningham said would make the complex easier to build. As a result, the total number of apartments has dropped from 18 in the old design to 17 in the new plans.

The existing planning permission still applies, so even if councillors decide to reject the new application, the developer will still be able to build the complex to the old specifications.