Classic Team Lotus given go-ahead for new race shop

13:51 06 January 2016

Clive Chapman of Classic Team Lotus which is based in the original workshops at Hethel, surrounded by the history of Lotus

Clive Chapman of Classic Team Lotus which is based in the original workshops at Hethel, surrounded by the history of Lotus' racing heyday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


An iconic sports car brand will accelerate its growth plans after councillors gave the green light to a workshop expansion.

Classic Team Lotus’ vision to replace its Potash Lane workshop in Hethel with a new facility close to the existing site was unanimously backed by South Norfolk Council’s planning committee.

Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and managing director of Classic Team Lotus, said: “The existing workshop has held back the company. Recently we have turned away customers for the want of better space and premises.”

He said that since its inception in 1992 the company had grown to 14 full-time employees, with a six-car transporter and a workshop of 6,000 sq ft. The new race shop will house historic Lotus cars.

At yesterday’s meeting, Nigel Legg, South Norfolk councillor for the area, said: “I fully support what has been said here today - Classic Team Lotus do need new accommodation.”

Joe Mooney, planning committee chairman, said: “I think we are very fortunate to have this business in our area.”

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  • Agree with Joe Mooney on this one , we are indeed fortunate to have this business in our area!

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