Bourne Town Council to support Lidl proposal

The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001
The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001

The mayor of Bourne will try to convince district councillors to approve plans to build a Lidl supermarket in the town.

Coun Philip Knowles will speak in favour of the application at South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee meeting on Tuesday, September 5.

Lidl, through its developers Temple Garth, wants to build a supermarket off the A15 Elsea Park roundabout, next to the new McDonald’s.

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.

But town councillors are keen to demonstrate the strength of feeling to their district counterparts at the meeting in the district council chambers in Grantham from 1pm on September 15. Coun Knowles will be joined by Coun David Mapp, who chairs the town council’s planning committee.

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 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 submitted amended landscaping documentation.

These amended plans again came before the town council, which said: “Bourne Town Council resolved that the proposed amended landscaping meets all of the relevant criteria to help reduce the visual impact on the surrounding landscape, especially when viewed from the south west of the site from the A15.

“Bourne Town Council considers this full application to be an asset to the town.”