Development on its way for busy roundabout

A BUSY Boston roundabout may be in line to become the latest development hub in the borough, as two patches of land in the area could be set to be transformed into commercial ventures.

Two adjacent quadrants of the Sutterton roundabout at the A16/A17 may be in line to be turned into motels and roadside services, possibly in a bid to make the most of passing trade at the junction.

One of the sections, at Marsh Lane, off the A17, has been sold with a view to development, and the second patch, between the A16 south and the A17 west, is for sale with Brown & Co, which is offering the land with a view for development as roadside services.

Both sites, which have been on the market for some time, have previously been given planning permission by Boston Borough Council, but the consent has lapsed.

The land sold by Bruce Mather was given consent for a 14-bed motel with managers’ living quarters, but the permission expired in November 2006. Several highways conditions were attached to the permission. It had been on the market for £75,000.

A company spokesman said he was hopeful that as planning permission had previously been granted, another application would be accepted if it was made.

The other piece of land – off the A16 south – had been given permission for roadside services, including a motel and restaurant, but that expired in August 2007.

The commercial department at the Spalding branch of Brown & Co told The Standard the price of the land was negotiable, so it was not possible to predict the cost.

Other businesses which are based at the roundabout include the Little Chef and a BP petrol station. The Waggoners Rest pub, on Station Road off the roundabout, is now closed as a hospitality and catering premises.

The former Burger King fast food business which shared premises with the Little Chef before its closure is now up for let.