A former Market Rasen pub left derelict for years could be transformed into a ‘world-class’ office suite to boost the area’s ‘economic health’ and create more jobs in the town.
Scott & Lince - a company run by Market Rasen Business Improvement Group directors Sara Scott and Darren Lince - has applied for planning permission to turn the former Goldmine pub in Queen Street into eight offices.
The building, bought by Scott & Lince at auction in 2012, has recently been home to furniture shop Grandad’s Shed - but owner Paul Keane moved out in the summer at the end of his lease.
Scott & Lince’s planning application, submitted to West Lindsey District Council, says the offices will offer “five-star office accommodation with world-class connectivity” for aspirational business with ambition to grow.
The planning application said: “In converting this heritage building into an office suite, the development contributes to the economic health of Market Rasen in a number of ways.
“Firstly, in creating a high-quality High Street home for small, growing businesses, the project connects like-minded local entrepreneurs in a physical space, creating opportunities for business synergies and networking.
“As tenant businesses grow, they will create employment locally, in an area that currently loses talent to larger and more developed urban areas like Lincoln, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
“Additionally, the development houses day-time occupants with disposable personal incomes, their custom should play a role in supporting and sustaining other High Street retailers and service providers.”
The offices will be known as The King’s Head Office Suite - named after the original pub that occupied the building.
The application says the owners share a vision to return the heritage building to enterprising use ‘in a way that can deliver footfall to sustain the health of the local High Street’ and ‘deliver facilities that are relevant to the requirements of a 21st Century rural market town’.
The application said: “The King’s Head Office Suite paves the way for a new model to drive the economic success of a rural market town.
“The mix of office sizes creates opportunities for growing business to potentially up size, as they require additional space.”
The application, submitted by agent Martin Flynn of Flynn Architecture in Bishop Norton, says Market Rasen is currently under-served with high-quality managed office space even though government statistics say the area has a high number of SMEs, microbusinesses and homeworkers.
The proposed development would see two larger offices, with conference facilities, on the ground floor of the building and six smaller offices upstairs.
The change of use will not include any car parking spaces.
The application states: “Parking remains free in Market Rasen, as such those using the proposed facilities will have the benefit of a number of free car parks located close by.”
Mr Lince is a property entrepreneur and owns Market Rasen’s Advocate Arms hotel, restaurant and pub.
Ms Scott is a brand and marketing consultant.
Their planning application will be determined by WLDC’s planning committee in the coming months.
A public consultation period is now under way.
The history of the building
The building was previously used as a public house with the first floor serving as accommodation for the tenants/ landlord.
Prior to its purchase at auction in November 2012, the old King’s Head pub, most recently trading as ‘The Goldmine’, had stood empty for seven years.
Its semi-derelict condition led West Lindsey to intervene and undertake cosmetic improvements to the fascia under a Section 215 notice, early in 2012.
Widely acknowledged as a blight on Market Rasen’s High Street, the King’s Head had become a ‘problem property’ for the town.