More than 150 jobs could be created in Stamford with the opening of a new digital hub if plans are given the green light.
Businessman Scott Weavers-Wright is awaiting planning permission from South Kesteven District Council to demolish the old Cummins Social Club site and build a new £2.5m venue for his new business venture Haatch.
The development, which Mr Weavers-Wright has described as a digital business incubation centre, would include a 100-seater auditorium for firms to hire and hold conferences and presentations, a floor with office space available for leasing, and a cafe area with a roof terrace. The building will be host to companies that Haatch has invested in, along with local college graduates, local businesses and Prince’s Trust members, with whom Haatch has strong ties.
Mr Weavers-Wright said: “We want Stamford to be the place where digital companies will cluster to benefit from each other’s skills, experience and contacts.”
A planning application to demolish the site was submitted earlier this month. Residents were asked for their views but they wanted to see a sketch plan of the building before giving their opinions. After a positive response, a planning application for building work has now been merged with the demolition application.
Mr Weavers-Wright said: “It became apparent that it was difficult for people to acknowledge the loss of the club without knowing what would be replacing it. Therefore, we have taken community feedback and submitted the application for the new offices which will be considered by the planning committee at the same time.”