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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. 2020 is likely to see lots of new developments in the town that will see new businesses and housing in the town centre.

A new housing development opposite the memorial gardens in Bourne, Lincs A new housing development on Wherrys Lane, Bourne

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 plan to invest a total of 2.5 million in regeneration of the units, which will include knocking through and extending out the back to create one big space. There will also be an outside area provided.

The Wetherspoon's in Bourne will be fitted out to a high specification with local history artwork and locally commissioned sculptures displayed around the pub and a fireplace as a focal point.

Bourne will be 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.

Work on Wetherspoon's has been delayed due to another planning application being submitted recently for a larger beer garden and customer area. It is hoped this will be approved in early 2020 and this exciting new venue will open its doors to the public by the end of 2020.

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, with another rumoured to be Domino's. Subway (currently located in Burghley Archard) are also hoping to move to one 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). Work is expected start in early 2020.

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

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 2020.

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

Former Eckfords Unit Plans Former Eckfords Unit Plans

Derelict Building/Land 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 early 2020.

The plans can be seen below.

Plans for new North Street apartments

The Golden Lion Pub

The former Golden Lion pub on West Street has stood empty for quite sometime now and the building is certainly in need of some attention. Previous plans to bring this building back to life as a trendy bar and restaurant were rejected by planning officers at the local council back in 2017. Having now been sold on again, new plans have now been submitted to convert this building into an impressive residental home with an additional residental home also planned on site. If plans are approved, it is hoped that work will begin in early 2020.

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. It is hoped that work will begin before the end of 2019.

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. Work is now completed on the initial renovations with full renovations expected to be completed over the next five years.

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