Co-op set for £1.2m village investment

A sketch of how the new Lincolnshire Co-op food store would look.
A sketch of how the new Lincolnshire Co-op food store would look.

A ‘new and improved’ food store could be coming to a village outside Boston under £1.2 million plans from Lincolnshire Co-op.

The business has submitted plans to Boston Borough Council for a ‘more spacious’ food store in Old Leake.

Lincolnshire Co-op already has an outlet in the village, based in Church Road.

Under the plans, this store would close and staff be transferred to the new site, based off Meadow Way, alongside the A52.

Lincolnshire Co-op spokesman Michelle Scott said the scheme, which would include two retail units, represented an investment of about £1.2 million.

She said: “We have submitted a planning application to create a new and improved food store in Old Leake.

“Our current store is popular in the village but the building itself is not ideally suited to current food retailing operations.

“The new food store would be more spacious, have a better layout and include parking.”

She added: “If successful, colleagues in our current food store will relocate to the new site which would include our food store and two retail units which would be available to let to other retailers.”

According to the application submitted to Boston Borough Council, the store would be open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.

This is two hours later per day than is the case at the Church Road site.

A spokesman for Boston Borough Council said the application is not currently set for debate at a planning committee and is being processed under ‘delegated powers’ by officers.

A decision, he added, was not expected until mid to late February.

You can have your say on the plans by finding the application on the borough council’s website at www.boston.gov.uk/planning.