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,
Caistor and District Community Trust were delighted to announce in March we had 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. In addition 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
The development funding of £102,000 awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Caistor and District Community Trust Ltd has enabled us to start working on 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. We are also researching into the history of the building and working with Caistor Heritage to plug the gaps in our understanding of the buildings’ early development.
Working with our Project Manager, Nicola Dyer, of Greenwood Associates and our design team lead by Robert Player Bell, we have been able to announce how plans are developing. You can see the plans and visuals here.