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Bourne Regeneration

Bourne has seen a lot of regeneration and development over the past decade, which has seen the town gentrify itself through continued investment and growth; there have been many new homes built in the area, along with the regeneration of Wherry's Lane (an integral part of the town centre) and a services park that make up some of this gentrification.

These are certainly exciting times for the town as investors continue to flood to the town and provide much-needed regeneration that is vital to help the town to prosper and provide more facilities for its growing population.

JD Wetherspoon

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon have been wanting to come to Bourne for some time but have struggled to find suitable premises. The closure of Wands and Jenny May's back in 2016, previously located on North Street, provided the perfect location to open one of their award-winning branches in the town. It took some time to be granted planning permission, but JD Wetherspoon finally completed the purchase of the two units back in June 2018 and will invest a total of 1.5 million in regeneration the units, which will include knocking through and extending out the back to create one big space. There will also be a small outside area provided.

Bourne is pleased to welcome another big chain to the town, and it is hoped that Wetherspoon's will provide a welcome boost to the towns economy, adding to the excellent choice of pubs and restaurants in the town, and providing additional jobs. It is hoped that this exciting new venue will open its doors to the public in late 2019.

The plans for JD Wetherspoon can be seen below.

JD Wetherspoon Plans JD Wetherspoon Plans JD Wetherspoon Plans

The Former ATS Garage and Fenland Stores

Plans have been submitted and agreed to convert the former ATS Garage and Fenland Stores, located on Abbey Road, to several new units with apartments above. One of the units is confirmed to be a Co-op store that is due to open late 2019. Domino's is also interested in another of these units.

These buildings have been empty for quite some time now and so it will be a welcome redevelopment for the town, providing a much-needed convenience store that has been lacking since the former Co-op closed its doors in the Burghley Archard back in 2017 (now M&S Foodhall).

The plans for the redevelopment of the site can be seen below.

Former ATS Garage and Fenland Stores Plans Former ATS Garage and Fenland Stores Plans

Wherry's Lane

Wherry's Lane (just off North Street) was redeveloped back in 2016, which saw the former Wherry's Mill regenerated into luxury apartments and several new retail units built, with well-designed apartments above. New paving, benches, lighting, trees and plants were also provided as part of this development. The majority of these new units are now occupied, bringing a number of new businesses to the town.

The redevelopment of this part of the town is set to continue with plans recently passed to build new housing on the adjacent patch of land that has stood empty since the initial phase of development was first completed. The development will see a mix of 20 two and three-bed apartments and townhouses that will be carefully blended to fit in well with the surrounding area, with parking provided within a court yard setting. This housing will provide much-needed accommodation for young professionals and the older generation looking for a property close to the town centre, along with helping to further revitalise this integral part of the town centre.

The developer, Gravitas Housing Ltd, have now began work on this development and it is hoped this will be complete in 2019. Rosedale Estate Agents have already started marketing these styish town-centre properties, with prices starting from £135,000. More information about the development can be seen on the Rosedale Land & New Homes website.

The plans for the redevelopment of the site can be seen below.

Wherry's Lane Phase Two Plans Wherry's Lane Phase Two Plans

Former Eckfords Unit

The old unit that was Eckfords Estate Agents has been stood empty for sometime now but plans have been agreed to completely redevelop this building. The front part of the building that was formally the main Eckfords office is rumoured to be converted into a new restaurant with a complete new frontage planned. The rear of the building that currently consists of several old outbuildings will be converted into duplex units and apartments alongside a new parking area. It is hoped that work on this development will be complete by the end of 2019.

The plans for the redevelopment of the site can be seen below.

Former Eckfords Unit Plans Former Eckfords Unit Plans

Derelict Building Next to Hot & Spice, North Street

The site next to Hot & Spice on North Street has been left abandoned for quite some time now, currently comprising of a derelict dwelling with adjacent land. The dwelling faces onto North Street and is a bad state of repair, adding to the somewhat neglected state of this particular area of the town centre.

Plans were agreed some time ago to knock down this dwelling and build six luxury two bed apartments on the entirety of the land, which will greatly improve this area of North Street, along with creating some much-needed housing.

After a long wait, building work finally seems to have started on this site and it is hoped that all work will complete by 2019.

The plans can be seen below.

Plans for new North Street apartments

The Town Hall

Since 2014 when the council relocated its services to its present location at the Corn Exchange, the Town Hall in Bourne has been left unoccupied. This impressive building has been a focal point in the town since 1821 and so it is a great shame that this building has been left empty for several years now. Fortunately, however, the building was gifted to the Bourne Town Hall Trust Charity in 2017 with the ambition of restoring this and converting it for public use as an arts & entertainment centre for the whole community. The Trustees are all volunteers and are working hard to raise the necessary funds to fund the full restoration of this building. To date The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund have provided some initial funds to get this project off the ground but more money is needed to continue with this ambitious project.

To volunteer to be part of this exciting project, please visit http://bournetownhall.org.uk/volunteer.

Bourne Leisure Centre

A major refurbishment and extension is planned for the Bourne Leisure Centre to make it more modern and accessible to the whole community. The plans will see the size of the gym double and more studios created, along with a soft-play area, an activity hall and larger café. A total of £5m is expected to be invested in total. This will be a vast improvement to one of the towns core lesiure facilities, which has seen little investment over recent years.

Plans for the new look Bourne Leisure Centre

Wake House

Wake House is a major community hub in Bourne town centre that provides many services to the town from its location on North Street. The building has certainly seen better days and is looking rather neglected at present. Fortunately, a major renovation is planned for this building to restore it back to its former glory and ensure it continues to serve the community for years to come. To complete all renovation works, however, the trust who owns the building, Bourne United Charities, need to raise £300k. The trust aims to raise the money needed by fundraising and donations. It is hoped that work with begin on the initial renovations shortly with full renovations expected to be completed over the next five years.

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