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Wetherspoon submits amended planning application for Bourne pub four years after it first applied for permission

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has submitted its third amended planning application for a site in Bourne - four years after it first applied for permission.

The pub chain has previously said it wants to spend £2.5m converting two former shops in North Street into the pub, which would create 45 jobs.

It applied for permission initially in 2016 after both the shops were vacated and erected boarding featuring silhouettes of party-goers, but the site has stayed vacant and now the boarding is starting to fall off. No work appears to have been started.

The proposed site of the Bourne Wetherspoon in North Street
The proposed site of the Bourne Wetherspoon in North Street

This month Wetherspoon submitted yet another amended planning application.

South Kesteven District Council backed the scheme in February 2018, but there has since been three amended planning applications including one in January, which was approved on November 10. Just three weeks later, the latest amended application was validated on the council's website. It seeks to extend the rear of the property to creater a larger customer area and a new conservatory.

The application states: "Change of use from retail to public house serving food. The proposed works are to extend the rear of the property (single storey) to create a large customer area with customer facilities and a new conservatory with alteration to the remaining rear yard to a landscaped garden with delivery access. The front elevation will see a new shopfront with full height summer opening windows with balustrading."

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said today (Tuesday, December 12): "We have secured planning for our original scheme and have recently submitted a variation that we believe improves the scheme.

"One of the most important issues we had at Bourne was the proximity to neighbours and we worked hard to limit any potential noise issues that our pub may cause.

"I am pleased to say that the original application was approved and the recent revised application actually covers a bit more of the garden.

"This has two benefits in that it does limit any potential external noise issues and also increases the internal space we have and gives us a better link to the open gantry kitchen.We feel that the food offer here will be very popular and wanted to bring a little more theatre to the pub."

Just last year, Wetherspoon had said the pub could be open by the end of 2019.

It is not yet known when the new application will be discussed by South Kesteven District Council's planning committee.

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