A FORMER sorting office is set to be transformed into a restaurant after plans were given the go-ahead.
Commercial property company Wrenbridge will be creating three flats and a restaurant in the former Stamford sorting office after being granted planning permission last week.
The firm says it is close to leasing the restaurant in Sheep Market and hopes to sign the deal within the next few weeks but would not reveal the name of the interested company.
Stamford’s Post Office is not affected by the plans and will remain in its current site in All Saints Place. Royal Mail has a 10-year lease for the site.
The sorting office has stood empty for two years since the 60 staff were transferred to a new sorting office in Orton Southgate.
Wrenbridge director Jeff Wilson is delighted that planners at South Kesteven District Council granted permission last week.
He said he hoped to finalise the deal in a week or so now the planning permission had been granted.
He said: “We are quite close. One of the things we were waiting for was planning permission. Now we have got planning permission it is just a case of signing them up.”
Builders for Wrenbridge will be altering the access at the Sheep Market entrance by taking out the ramp. It is hoped this can be done within the next four weeks and the restaurant company will also be fitting out the site.
Mr Wilson said the company would be concentrating on the restaurant and hoped to work with another company to create the flats on the first and second floors.
Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s vice-president Andrew Leach said: “It is good to see economic use for redundant space.”
Royal Mail closed the Stamford sorting office in 2009 as it said it was outdated and cramped.
Plans to close the Bourne sorting office were dropped earlier this year.