Planning permission for new food store granted for pub car park - after appeal

Pincushion Inn car park and outbuilding.

Pincushion Inn car park and outbuilding.

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Wyberton could soon be toasting a new Co-op food store after permission was granted for the development at the side of the Pincushion Inn.

The overall investment is said to be ‘in the order of £1 million’ and would create up to 20 jobs.

However, planning chiefs at Boston Borough Council had attempted to call time on the application after refusing the proposal due to concerns over parking and flooding.

This led to an appeal and earlier this month the Planning Inspectorate concluded the development should be allowed.

The proposal is for the demolition of existing outbuildings to make way for a convenience store, car parking and ATM, with the pub remaining intact.

The council had raised concerns the proposed 12 parking spaces for the store and seven for the pub were insufficient and would lead to people parking on London Road. The authority argued this would cause safety issues for pedestrians and motorists.

But the planning inspector felt differently, stating in their appeal decision notice it is ‘clear that there is capacity’ on neighboring residential streets for additional parking.

The report also says that given London Road is straight with good visibility, they are satisfied the demand for on-street parking immediately outside the store ‘would not result in hazardous parking or adversely affect the 
free flow of traffic along the road’.

With regards to flooding, the inspector stated they were happy the applicant had addressed these fears by increasing the height of the flooring.

The application was made by New River Retail Property Unit Trust which states the new store is intended to be run by The Co-operative Group (not to be confused with the Lincolnshire Co-op) and would represent an investment of about £1 million and create 20 jobs.

A spokesman for the Co-op said: “The location and size of the new store would be ideal for us to offer the right range in the right location.

“The Co-op is committed to transforming and growing its convenience business and we are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to serve the community.”

They added: “As a community retailer, and a co-operative, our aim is to establish the store as a community hub, playing a real part in local life.”

The spokesman said it was too early to confirm when the store would open.

The planning appeal decision notice also makes reference to an application of costs being made against Boston Borough Council - but this is subject to a separate decision.