Part of Spalding’s former White Hart Hotel is expected to open as a charity coffee and clothes shop before Christmas.
Plans for conversion of part of the Market Place building – the area right of a central archway – have come from one of the county’s leading charities, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice Trust.
A proposed ground floor plan shows a cafe and a library as well as sales areas earmarked for home, women, men and children.
The proposal involves the area once occupied by Shooter’s Bar, which closed several years ago, leaving a prominent town centre building vacant. Shanghai Gardens Restaurant, housed in part of the historic former hotel, is unaffected.
The coffee and clothes shop will not need planning permission, because there is an existing consent from 2013, but it will need listed building consent as parts of the building date back to 1500.
A Heritage Statement supplied with the charity’s application says the White Hart is amongst the oldest buildings in Spalding, which include St Mary and St Nicolas Church and Ayscoughfee Hall.
The White Hart is already much-changed inside and the charity says most of the work it proposes are “reversible additions”.
A district council officer described the project as “acceptable in principle”.