Go ahead given for Salvation Army Citadel to become home of Grantham Gingerbread

The Salvation Army Citadel, London Road.
The Salvation Army Citadel, London Road.
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An application to convert the Salvation Army Citadel into the manufacturing base of Grantham Gingerbread, has been approved subject to conditions by South Kesteven District Council.

As reported by the Journal in December Alistair Hawken, owner of Grantham Gingerbread and catering business The Lincolnshire Larder Co, had submitted the application to change the use of the vacant building on London Road.

The company Grantham Gingerbread, previously based in premises on Westgate, proudly creates the town’s famous gingerbread which dates back to 1740. Mr Hawken said that the space on offer at the London Road citadel, vacated by the Salvation Army in May last year, would allow the company to grow and eventually take on more staff.

The change of use from a place of worship to light industrial use, was approved by SKDC planning officers under delegated powers on January 27.

Conditions include that the premises shall not be used for industrial use outside the agreed operating hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. unless otherwise agreed by the Local Planning Authority, and that the business will not operate on Sundays.

More to follow.