Office plans are just the job

A prominent building in the heart of Stamford that has stood empty for a decade is to be given a new lease of life by South Kesteven District Council, creating much-needed office space in the town centre.

The former St John Ambulance premises in Elm Street, which is owned by the council, will be converted to provide office space for commercial use by local businesses. It is hoped work will start in the next couple of months and take about three months to complete.

The 1,200sq ft building, which is also a former fire station, is in the town's Conservation Area and will be restored in keeping with the surrounding area.

Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke, who has been a driving force behind the proposal, said:  "There is a serious demand for more office space in the heart of Stamford, but this is often difficult to marry with the need to protect the history and heritage of our lovely market town.

"That is why I am so pleased that we are now in a position to take forward a project that will do both - and restore a notable heritage building to its former glory. The building is in a great location and will help to create or keep jobs in the town."

There were no objections to the plans, which were approved at the first ever virtual meeting of South Kesteven District Council's planning committee on Tuesday.

Ambulance station

How the refurbished building will look