Station offices get planning approval

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Plans to change the use of Market Rasen’s train station building to offices have been approved by West Lindsey District Council.

But the project faces challenges ahead, with the council imposing 16 planning conditions as part of the Listed Building Consent.

Market Rasen Railway station first opened in 1848, but the station building closed in 1981.

“The building is in a deteriorating condition externally and internally. The condition of the roof means that areas of the internal space are exposed to the elements,” said a WLDC officers report recommending approval.

English Heritage supported the station building returning to use but feared the proposed alterations would “harm the significance of the listed building through extensive alteration of its historic plan form.” This led to revised proposals and the conditions.

“The proposed alterations will preserve the desirability of the building, its setting and the special architectural features or historic interest it possesses,” the Listed Building Consent added.

“We were very pleased to gain consent for the refurbishment of the station building. The scheme to convert the building into managed workspace offices has been supported by English Heritage. We are currently in the process of seeking funding for the redevelopment,” said Lynn Ritson, PA to Lindum Group Chairman David Chambers.