Gainsborough KFC gets go ahead for old court site

Trees cut down near the old Magistrates Court in Gainsborough G120221-3
Trees cut down near the old Magistrates Court in Gainsborough G120221-3

THE GREEN light has been given for a new KFC restaurant to be built on the site of the old Magistrates’ Court in Gainsborough.

West Lindsey District Councillors approved the application for a KFC drive-through restaurant on the site of the former Magistrates’ Court, in Roseway - creating around 25 jobs on the site that has been empty since the court closed in 2008.

KFC are now set to demolish the existing building to make way for the drive-through restaurant and car parking, which will be accessed via Roseway.

Councillors described the site as an eyesore.

Coun Stuart Curtis, vice-chairman of the planning committee, said: “These proposals will revitalise a key site in Gainsborough town centre, which has become derelict and run down, attracting vandals and detracting from the appearance of the town.”

He added: “KFC have worked hard with the council to ensure the development will not only be in keeping with the character of the surrounding area, which includes a Grade I listed church, but will also enhance the area.”

A spokesman from planning agent Barton Willmore, on behalf of KFC, said: “Our client had been looking for an opportunity to bring KFC to Gainsborough for some time prior to the Magistrates’ Court site becoming available.”

“The town centre has clearly undergone a series of transformation projects in recent years, such as that at Marshall’s Yard, which have enhanced the town’s retail offer and it was felt that KFC would be an excellent addition to this.”

He added: “Our client plans to be on site as early as possible in the New Year, with a view to being open to the public by mid-2013.”

- For more information and the full story on the development pick up next week’s Gainsborough Standard (available Thursday 13th December)