New £1m foodstore on its way

Sketch of how the new foodstore will look.

Sketch of how the new foodstore will look.

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Work is beginning on a new £1million foodstore in a Boston neighbourhood that will see the demolition of a vacant public house.

Lincolnshire Co-op has been granted planning permission by Boston Borough Council to knock down the Lord Nelson, in Woodville Road, and use the site for a new store. It would utilise the existing access and car park.

The business already has a store in Woodville Road, opposite the Lord Nelson and under the plans Lincolnshire Co-op would transfer staff from one site to the other.

Some additional jobs would also be created, the business has said.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s store development manager Matthew Wilkinson said: “We’re delighted to be building a new, bigger store on Woodville Road to replace our existing food store, which is very popular.

“The development will allow us to improve the range of services we offer to our members and the local community.”

Lincolnshire Co-op purchased the Lord Nelson site in October.

The pub dates back to the 1950s.

The decision to sell the pub, Lincolnshire Co-op has said, was taken by the national chain that owned it, Marston’s, which put it on the market more than a year earlier.

The new store is expected to open about Easter 2016.

Fencing is already in place around the Lord Nelson, and workers can be seen on site.

The new store will be bigger - about double the size of the existing Woodville Road outlet - and will offer a greater range of groceries, Lincolnshire Co-op says.

The opening hours will be 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, it adds.

Under the plans, there would be 31 parking spaces for cars, as well as four disability spaces, four cycle spaces and two light goods vehicle spaces.

The application was approved by officers at the end of May without coming to committee under delegated powers.

The Environment Agency initially objected to the scheme as it was concerned about the building’s vulnerability to flooding, but withdrew its objection after applicant highlighted what steps it was taking to manage flood risk.

Officers considered whether the demolition of the public house represented a loss of community facilities, but noted in their report as it was already closed this was ‘more difficult to argue’.

They conclude: “The principle of this small local convenience store in this location is acceptable given the detached, large site with good aces and ample off street facilities.”