Antiques centre plans for big expansion

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The region’s biggest antiques centre is planning a major expansion that will create space for up to 100 new dealers and lead to eight full-time jobs.

Hemswell Antiques Centre wants to refurbish a vacant building at its Caenby Corner Estate site and add an additional floor.

The antiques centre - based in former RAF accommodation buildings - has submitted a planning application to West Lindsey District Council and a public consultation is under way.

A statement in the planning application said: “The use inside the building would be for the sale of antiques.

“It would be divided into areas, which would be rented by antiques sellers.

“This is the same as the other antiques buildings on the site.”

The development would also include a small coffee shop for customers.

The proposal would see the creation of up to eight new staff employed by Hemswell Antiques Centre.

And it would provide up to 100 new antiques dealers with display space at the centre.

The planning statement said: “The building to be extended is typical of the units on the site and is the former guardsroom.

“It is currently vacant, but was previously used as a showroom for antiques and antique furniture.

“It has been poorly maintained for many years and needs completely refurbishing to bring it back to use.

“The existing roof is leaking and causing damage inside the building.

“The proposal looks to add an extra floor on top of the existing building to make it two storey.

“The vast majority of buildings are at least two storey.”

The existing small parking area at the front of the building would be retained and there would be a new parking area created behind the building with about 30 spaces.

Hemswell Antiques Centre was established more than 25 years ago back in 1986.

It sells antique furniture and vintage collectables.

The hemswell site has Europe’s largest selection of dealers.

The application will be determined by WLDC’s planning committee in the coming months.