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JD Wetherspoon pushing ahead with Bourne pub plans

JD Wetherspoon is set to push ahead with plans for a pub in Bourne.

The pub giant purchased the two adjacent shops between 44-48 North Street a number of years ago and was granted planning permission earlier this year to change the use of the two buildings to a public house.

The long-awaited Bourne outlet has suffered some delay, as plans were pushed back during the pandemic.

Bourne Wetherspoon building in North Street
Bourne Wetherspoon building in North Street

However, a source has said that while there is no date for work to begin, there is a chance that the company may start development work within the next six weeks.

Workmen have been seen checking out the site, but no work is taking place as of yet.

The proposed works are to extend the rear of the property to create a large customer area and a new conservatory with alteration to the remaining rear yard for an external area.

In the design and access statement submitted in the planning application, the agent said: “JD Wetherspoon offers a friendly service that is responsive to the needs of customers and as a result JD Wetherspoon wishes to expand their business into Bourne by renovating this space.

“The result of this renovation will provide the much needed response to meet the needs of their potential customers.”

The development is part of a £200million investment the company made pre-pandemic into smaller towns, such as Bourne, as part of plans to create 10,000 jobs nationally.

While an opening date has not yet been confirmed for Bourne, it is believed that customers could be welcomed at the newly-refurbished building for the first time in spring next year.

JD Wetherspoon pubs are often given a name which pays tribute to the building’s former use or in relation to something in the town, however no name has been chosen for the Bourne site.

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