Apartment build in Mablethorpe is refused

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A controversial plan to build a block of 30 apartments for over-55s in Alford Road, Mablethorpe has been refused by East Lindsey councillors.

Hamilton Projects (Europe) Ltd sought permission to build the flats.

Plus an additional one for a manager alongside the erection of a bin store, that was planned for the site of Mablethorpe Hall care home which had been earmarked for demolition.

There also would have been further construction for associated vehicle parking and upgrading works to the access road.

Although their officers recommended approval, the planning committee decided to refuse the application after noting strong objections both from neighbours and from Mablethorpe Town Council.

There were also particular concerns about the loss of a building of architectural and historic interest and of ‘over-intensive’ development of the site.

Despite further alterations to vehicle access in accordance with amended plans, the build was still refused.

In addition, it was felt that the access arrangements for pededestrians and vehicles were inadequate, posing a potential safety hazard.

Alongside Mablethorpe Town Council, a number of locals had expressed their views for refusal of the plans.

Mablethorpe Town Council commented: “The Town Council object with the following observations.

“The parking layout is inadequate for the proposed number of residences.

“Further historic exploration of the development is necessary and vehicle turning could be unsafe due to the width of the access road.

“There are issues relating to surface water drainage and neighbouring properties and there is restricted pedestrian access to and from the main road.”

The Environment Agency said: “We object to the proposed development as submitted because it involves the use of a non-mains foul drainage system but no assessment of the risks of pollution to surface waters or groundwater has been provided by the applicant.”

A Historic Environment Officer at Lincolnshire County Council also added: “I have appraised this scheme against the County Historic Environment Record.

“Our records show that an earlier Mablethorpe Hall once stood on this site.

“This is thought to date back to the 15th or 16th centuries.

“Our records also show a moat, most likely associated with the first Mablethorpe Hall, surrounding the site.

“Also immediately adjacent to the site are cropmarks or earthworks associated with agriculture.

“Possibly dating from the 15th or 16th centuries or possibly earlier.”

Mablethorpe hall was an ancient stronghold and was built by the orders of an Danish Lord called Siward about 100 years before the Norman Invasion of 1066.

The hall has a whole host of historial references, dating back hundreds of years, giving Mablethorpe a dominant haul of historical heritage within the town.

It is unclear at the moment, if plans will go ahead to demolish the historic building.

What do you think to the plans? Are you happy with the result?

Email your views to chloe.west@jpress.co.uk.