Plans to see Louth Cattle Market used for cinema and theatre events, cafe, parking and more are helping ‘build a future’ for the site, say the owners.
It follows an application to East Lindsey District Council, which asks for an environmental impact assessment into a change of use for the facility — one of the first stages before a formal application is made.
The application notes that Louth Market Auctioneers, with the backing of Masons Chartered Surveyors, wants to use the market as space for ‘retail, a cafe, offices, parking of vehicles, training and cinema, concert hall, theatre; and a hand car wash in addition to the existing livestock market’.
It follows ELDC’s decision last year not to follow through on plans to sell the site and instead refurbish the site to be used for a ‘broader range of purposes’.
Russell Jeanes, from Masons, said organisers were looking to make the facility sustainable, and the plans would cover a wide range of uses.
He said: “The general gist of it is an accordance with the council’s decision to keep the market and we’re looking at alternative opportunities to increase the income stream for the council and ourselves.
“We’re looking at all possibilities really and the net of the planning application is to have quite a wide variety of potential opportunities.”
He said the organisers had already held one-off events including car boot sales and orienteering events.
“It’s little things like that which are building the future and building opportunities along the way,” he added.
It also announced it was investing around £300k into the site.
Work has already taken place to improve the nearby Boars Head pub.
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