Morton pub to shut its doors despite refusal

Exterior of the Lord Nelson at Morton, near Bourne EMN-140605-232929009
Exterior of the Lord Nelson at Morton, near Bourne EMN-140605-232929009

A pub in Morton will shut its doors tomorrow despite planning permission being refused to knock it down and replace it with a shop.

Landlord of The Lord Nelson John Hailey said he thought he would be able to keep running the village pub, when planning permission was turned down on Tuesday last week.

But Mr Hailey says he has been served notice by the owners of the building - Saxondale Properties - and his last day of trading is tomorrow.

No-one from Saxondale Properties returned calls from the Mercury but Mr Hailey said the developers’ had indicated to him an intention to lodge an appeal.

Mr Hailey said: “I honestly thought when it was refused they would offer to sell it to me and we have done very well here since I took over nearly a year ago.

“When it got refused I thought that would be the end of it so I am really sad that it has come to this. It is a shame.

“I just want everyone in the village to know that I haven’t given up. There was just nothing more I could have done.”

Saxondale Properties had hoped to demolish the pub and turn it into a Lincolnshire Co-operative store.

But the plans were unanimously refused by South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee last week because of highways concerns. Members had visited the site before making the decision.

Mr Hailey said he had received a lot of support from people in the village and the planning committee received 40 letters of objection to the plan. Morton Parish Council also objected to the plans.

Last week, Lincolnshire Co-operative, which had originally intended to build on the King’s Head site on the opposite side of the A15, said it was committed to opening in Morton if planning permission could be achieved.

We apologise to readers for the spelling error which appeared in this headline earlier today.