Ermine Street Ancaster

Sector: Mixed use, including retail and housing

Our expertise:

• Identifying the potential in an unwanted site.
• Securing planning permission.
• Overseeing demolition, site remediation and construction.

The project

Formerly a petrol station and car sales garage, this 1.1 acre site in Ancaster, Grantham had been unused for several years.

Although it had been on the market for a considerable period, there had been little interest from other developers. However, we saw the potential, with our research into the area establishing a shortage of new housing stock with few opportunities for first-time buyers and young families. There was also no local shop or convenience store serving the community and surrounding area.

Our approach

We worked with local architectural practice Polkey Collins to design a scheme that could accommodate a retail store and a number of attractive homes to provide a local amenity and satisfy demand for housing.

We completed the purchase of the site in May 2015, having successfully gained planning permission for a 3000ft2 convenience store and 14 two- and three- bedroom houses. We also secured a lease agreement from The Co-Op for the retail unit.

Once on site, we managed the demolition of the old buildings, site remediation and construction of the retail store, which opened in February 2016.

Construction of the homes is underway and is expected to be complete by spring 2019.


The store is a valuable addition to the local community and surrounding villages. Once built, the residential properties will provide much-needed housing for first-time buyers and young families.

More information
Email Catherine Haward at to find out more.


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