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£420,000 price tag for Spalding's old sorting office

Spalding's derelict sorting office has gone on the market with a guide price of £420,000.

Estate agents Longstaff describe the sale as ''a significant redevelopment opportunity available in the heart of the market town of Spalding."

The site was given planning consent in 2011 for 12 apartments but no building work ever took place.

Longstaffs say alternative uses might include:

  • Hotel
  • Pub
  • Retail
  • Leisure/club
  • Centre for religious worship

The above may be part of a blend with residential use.

Longstaffs point out the site is in the conservation area and say, as a result, "consideration as to use and design will have to reflect certain criteria".

The sorting office building sits on the corner of The Crescent and Spring Gardens, and has fallen into ruin over the last few years with vandals breaking windows and causing extensive damage inside.

The building has been a makeshift home for the homeless , and among people seeking shelter there was a man who set up home on one of its landings.

The building is now considered to be dangerous for those venturing inside.

The sale particulars warn: "It should be specifically noted that there are holes/gaps in the first floor which are dangerous."

Built in the 1960s by the Post Office, the building has been empty for the last few years following the relocation of the sorting office.

Inside, the ground floor extends to 730.25 sq m (7,860 sq ft) and the first floor to 743.06 sq m (7,998sq ft).

There is a side yard to the north, accessed from The Crescent, and a vehicle entrance/exit on the south side, Spring Gardens.

Spalding Town Retailers Association chairman Darren Sutton says he welcomes any step to tidy up the derelict site.

He said: "I think whether it's flats, houses or retail it would be nice to see it developed."


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