The Market Place has been the heart of commercial life in Caistor, Lincolnshire for centuries. Sadly, since 2010, two key buildings on one side of the Market Place in Caistor's superbly preserved historic town centre have been empty. Plans are now underway to secure the future of what are known as "The old Co-op" at 2-4 Market Place,
A not for profit Community Benefit Society, Caistor and District Community Trust Ltd has been formed to help drive a project to regenerate these buildings. The Trust has been formed out of an ad-hoc steering group created in 2018. The Trust is working in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-operative Society, Lincolnshire Heritage, funding groups, and other stake holders to bring this complex of buildings back to life.
Caistor and District Community Trust is delighted to announce it has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for 2-4 Market Place. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to bring five buildings back into use in the heart of Caistor's historic market place as a mixed use development, including: retail/cafe space, craft or small business units, holiday lets and community exhibition and hire space.
Development funding of £102,000 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Caistor and District Community Trust Ltd progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. This development grant will help the CDCTLtd undertake the necessary steps to achieve planning permission and listed building consent, detailed, phased plans, and a conservation plan for the building which will inform adaptations in the final scheme. This award will help research into the history of the building and help us work with Caistor Heritage to plug the gaps in our understanding of the buildings’ early development. A number of activities ( currently on hold due to Covid-19 requirements) are envisaged to engage the community in the heritage and future of the site.
In additional to the National Lottery Heritage Fund award, The Architectural Heritage Fund have also awarded £50,000 in matched funding. Along with an award from West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire Co-operative, the full amount required to carry out the activities needed in the development phase of the project have now been secured.