Used Cars Ruston La – A former historic site from the mighty Lincoln manufacturer is ready to level. Plans have been put forward to create a 230,000-square-foot building in the former nine-acre Ruston working in Boultham – where 2,750 aircraft were built in the First World War before moving to car production.
The industry’s last use of the site ended in 2015 when fertilizer company William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd stopped operating at the Firth Road plant after it was taken over by Westland and production was moved to a super factory at Ellesmere Harbor.
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Riverstone Dev 1 Ltd, from Sutton Coldfield, is seeking planning permission for demolition but the application to the City of Lincoln Council does not mention potential future use for the site.
This area is marketed as an industrial complex or an opportunity to be developed again.
Andy Hey, a Lincolnshire spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, previously told Lincolnshire Live that land could take more than £ 1 million as a site for housing construction of around 200 houses and flats.
Two years later he reaffirmed that view and said: “I think housing will be the preferred choice.
“Commercial development seems to move to the outskirts of the city so I would imagine developers would look to build housing.”
Ruston archiver, Ray Hooley, from North Hykeham, said he would not be sad to see the buildings leave.
He said: “I will not shed tears because Boultham’s work has become a very bad area.
“Yes, it’s history, but so is the cathedral and it’s good to see.
“I’m not against change and I’m sure the area will look much smarter if this old building was destroyed and the place was developed.”
Operation Sinclair on Firth Road began in 1984, where the engineering company Ruston and its successors had built threshing machines, steam engines, airplanes, cars and Matilda tanks.
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