A proposed expansion of an enterprise village in Grimsby which would see a former fish smokehouse demolished has been given the green light by council officials.
The proposal by E-Factor Group would see the former Fishwife Traditional Fishmongers on Cleethorpe Road flattened to make way for seven new business units.
Each unit is intended to create commercial space for start-ups and existing businesses.
Now, North East Lincolnshire Council has approved the plans.
The former fish smokehouse near Grimsby Docks, which dates back to the 19th century, has been vacant since May 2016 when it was damaged by a fire.
Council bosses had applied to Historic England to have the building listed as a heritage asset.
But, in December 2018, the proposal was refused on the grounds that the fire destroyed some of the building’s original fabric and that it “does not display any technical or design innovation which would strengthen the case for listing”.
Proposals for the building come as part of the expansion of the Enterprise Village in an effort to support start-ups and entrepreneurs.
In its plans, the developers said the units will help to support growing businesses in the town.
It said: “This proposed development would deliver a positive contribution to the availability of high quality commercial business space in the area.
“The size of the units has been specifically designed to suit small and growing business to encourage business growth and development.
“The arrangement of the site has been designed to create an environment where collaboration and enterprise can flourish whilst allowing flexibility and business growth.”
Construction is expected to begin in late in October 2019
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