An established Caistor haulage business is seeking to redevelop its current yard with eight houses.
HC Wright & Sons has applied for outline planning permission for “high quality” three and four bedroomed “farmstead vernacular designs” for sale on the open market.
The site at The Mill, Whitegate Hill, has been a haulage yard for 100 years, but owner Jon Wright says it has “eight-to-nine buildings dropping to pieces.”
“The haulage business is hard work at the moment. We looked at different ways of diversification.”
Jon spoke to both Caistor Town and West Lindsey District Council, which led to recommendations for housing.
The site is already on the market, and Jon has ‘earmarked’ several replacement sites within Caistor for the haulage business.
The existing yard already has two homes on it, including a Grade 2 listed mill, which also led to the homes idea.
“We have planning permission to redevelop the mill. You either spend £70,000-£80,000 on the mill or do you look at diversifying into residential property. Then it’s a case of how we tidy up the rest of the yard.”
This latest plan follows another for 72 houses on eight acres of green belt land off Brigg Road, which local residents brand ‘excessive.’
Instead, the Whitegate Hill proposal is classed as brownfield due to its existing commercial or industrial use.
An architect’s report prepared for West Lindsey says the existing buildings “have little architectural worth.
“Ours is only a small site. You have to think what’s best for the county. People say its currently an eyesore,” Jon said.