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New Greggs, Starbucks and Toolstation outlets in Pinchbeck recommended for planning permission




Plans for a drive-through coffee shop, takeaway and fitness centre in Pinchbeck which could create just over 60 new jobs look set for approval.

The "mixed-use development" on land off Wardentree Lane, to also include a tools and equipment store, vehicle servicing centre and business units, is due to be considered at a meeting tomorrow.

South Holland District Council's planning committee will decide on the plans by Worcestershire-based developers Hawkstone Properties, with a report prepared for the meeting recommending approval.

Land off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, which looks set to be turned into a drive-through restaurant, cafe, gym and commercial site. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-220619-121TW
Land off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, which looks set to be turned into a drive-through restaurant, cafe, gym and commercial site. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-220619-121TW

Well-known retailers, such as Starbucks, Greggs, Toolstation and Formula 1 Autocentres, have all been linked to the development which will have 74 car parking spaces on one-and-a-half acres of land at Wardentree Park.

A statement from Hawkstone Properties said: "The intention for the mixed-use development, comprising a commercial terrace and drive-through restaurant, is to create a contemporary appearance with a clean, crisp treatment.

"A small shop front, in keeping with a trade counter, will be provided, while the drive-through unit is designed to meet the requirements of the tenant Starbucks.

A 'mixed-use development', including drive-through cafe/restaurant, takeaway, gym and hardware store, looks set to be built on Wardentree Park, Pinchbeck. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-220619-122TW
A 'mixed-use development', including drive-through cafe/restaurant, takeaway, gym and hardware store, looks set to be built on Wardentree Park, Pinchbeck. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-220619-122TW

"The site layout and unit designs allow for good use of this currently unused employment site by providing five modern and functional units for a variety of business uses.

"These will attract an array of different tenants, bringing an increase in jobs and business to the area.

"It is considered that the proposals would be of benefit to the local area, whilst creating additional employment which will provide a boost to the local economy."

Hawkstone's plans have the support of Pinchbeck Parish Council, but are opposed by Spalding and District Civic Society which believes it could affect trade in nearby Spalding.

Pinchbeck Parish Council is backing the redevelopment of land off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck.
Pinchbeck Parish Council is backing the redevelopment of land off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck.

A spokesman for the society said: "Restaurant facilities are already available at Morrisons and Johnson Community Hospital.

"Therefore, the proposed development is not needed for the 'effective functioning' of businesses on the Wardentree Lane estate which runs perfectly well without Greggs and Starbucks.

"Also, any intention to attract tourist and commuter trade would be seen as detracting from the promotion of Spalding town centre."

Meanwhile, Pinchbeck district and county councillor Elizabeth Sneath also raised concerns about possible congestion in the area.

Pinchbeck district and county councillor Elizabeth Sneath. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-200519-033TW
Pinchbeck district and county councillor Elizabeth Sneath. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-200519-033TW

Coun Sneath said: "I hope the developers and planners will liaise closely with the highways department to ensure we do not have issues in the future with an increase in traffic, causing delays and hold-ups in this area."

A report for the planning committee said: "In recent years, permission has been granted for a gym, personal training studio and massage therapy, clinic for physical therapy and change of use from an office to a day nursery in the area.

"No suitable or available sites have been identified, either in the town centre or edge of centre, primarily because any available sites are not of a suitable scale to accommodate the proposed development in its entirety.

South Holland District Council's planning committee is due to meet in Spalding on Wednesday. Photo: SG290114-223NG.
South Holland District Council's planning committee is due to meet in Spalding on Wednesday. Photo: SG290114-223NG.

"In terms of the proposed uses, these would be an employment generator in their own right and would serve employees working within the areas.

"They would also serve visitors to the area, thereby enabling multi-purpose trips, whilst the fitness centre would also promote healthy living."

Plans for cafe, takeaway, gym and business units could bring more than 60 new jobs to Pinchbeck



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