Plans to turn Lincoln village farm buildings into new commercial units

Out-of-use farm buildings in a village near Lincoln have been earmarked for conversion into new start-up business units.

An application has been lodged with North Kesteven District Council to bring new jobs and businesses to 22,000 sq ft of employment space on land at Kirk’s Yard on Mere Road in Branston.

The planning application was submitted by Hodgson Elkington Chartered Surveyors, on behalf of local landowners for the area known as Tinsley Farms.

The site, which is adjacent to Branston Potatoes Ltd, would be accessed via Mere Road.

Proposals include the construction of 14 new light industrial use units, which would be rented to local enterprises.

Floor areas for individual units would be between 500 and 1,250 sq ft.

Images: Robert Doughty Consultancy Limited

Images: Robert Doughty Consultancy Limited

The plans also propose the change of use of an existing 10,000 sq ft building from agriculture to B1 light industry.

There is also further potential to expand on land within the site.

The units are planned to be constructed on land off Mere Road, adjacent to Branston Potatoes Ltd. Photo: Google Earth

The units are planned to be constructed on land off Mere Road, adjacent to Branston Potatoes Ltd. Photo: Google Earth

Hodgson Elkington Senior Partner, Sam Elkington, said: “The proposed conversion and change of use of the existing buildings is a good way to bring back into commercial use redundant farm buildings.

“The 14 proposed new-build units will range in size from 500 sq ft to 1,250 sq ft each and will provide a good mix of employment space for the area.

“We saw strong demand for a similar scheme at Bracebridge Heath, which let very quickly and has remained full since it was completed. We feel that with the improving economic environment that there is demand for further new-build space.

“With the expansion of Branston as a village which is taking place with the new proposed residential developments, we feel it is important that there is a complementary offering of employment opportunities.

“The proposal appears to be well received and it is anticipated, if and when planning consent is granted, that construction will start on the units quickly thereafter.”

Other developments in the planning pipeline for the Mere Road area include a 198 home estate and associated infrastructure.