£1 million plan to demolish vacant Boston pub and build new Co-op

Lincolnshire Co-op's vision for the Lord Nelson pub.
Lincolnshire Co-op's vision for the Lord Nelson pub.

Plans to demolish a vacant public house in Boston and build a £1 million food store in its place have gone before the borough council.

Lincolnshire Co-op has applied to the authority for permission to knock down the Lord Nelson, in Woodville Road, and use the site for a new store, utilising the existing access and car park.

The Lord Nelson as it is now.

The Lord Nelson as it is now.

The business already has a store in Woodville Road, opposite the Lord Nelson.

Under the plans, Lincolnshire Co-op would transfer staff from one site to the other.

Spokesman for Lincolnshire Co-op Michelle Scott said: “We have submitted a planning application to create a new, purpose-built food store in Woodville Road, Boston, on the site of the former Lord Nelson pub.

“The new £1 million food store would be around double the size of our existing outlet, offering more choice and a better layout for customers.

“All colleagues at the current food store would relocate to the new site and there could be potential to create new jobs in the future.

“If successful, we hope to begin work in the summer of 2015.”

Lincolnshire Co-op purchased the site in October.

The decision to sell the pub, the business says, was taken by the national chain that owned it, Marston’s, which put it on the market more than a year earlier.

In the documents it has submitted to the borough council, Lincolnshire Co-op states the building dates from the 1950s.

Under its 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 proposed opening hours are 7am to 11pm seven-days-a-week, an hour later per day than is the case at the current Woodville Road site.

The application follows plans submitted by Lincolnshire Co-op for a new food store in Old Leake.

The £1.2 million project would see the outlet being built off Meadow Way alongside the A52, with two retail units, as a replacement to another in the village.

You can comment on both applications by visiting the planning pages at www.boston.gov.uk.