Land siting the former Louth Swimming Pool which was donated for the benefit of local people in 1976 is set to be sold off to make way for housing.
An application for outline planning permission has been put forward by site owners East Lindsey District Council to build 29 new homes on the Riverhead Road site.
The land is governed by a trust deed having been donated to ELDC by Theodore West to become home to the pool which became redundant when the new £12million Meridian Leisure Centre opened in Wood Lane in February 2010.
The deed, dated November 1976, gave ELDC the property ‘upon perpetual charitable trusts as a land for a swimming pool, for the inhabitants of the town of Louth and its surrounding area’.
The council are trying to get planning permission granted on the site in order to try to push through a sale of the site which they say has had little interest from buyers.
ELDC spokesperson Marie Williamson said: “Approval has been obtained from the Charity Commission to dissolve the charity and transfer the proceeds from the eventual sale of the swimming pool part to Louth Sports Association, which will be required to hold them in permanent endowment, and use the income for grant making purposes.
“This arrangement was agreed following community consultation.”
The former pool in Riverhead Road opened in 1974 and provided a 25 metre pool with reception and changing rooms, as well as an open car park and lorry park which is no longer used.
The site has been up for sale since September 2009 and it is believed a sale was agreed in 2010, but the buyer later withdrew.
According to the plans, some of the 29 homes could be built as high as 450mm above ground level in a bid to alleviate possible flooding.
“The application is so new though that we have not yet started the consultation process,” Marie Williamson added.
“We are therefore unable to comment on the planning merits.”
A number of readers on the Louth Leader Facebook page called for the land to be retained for the benefit of local residents, with the suggestion of a skate park.
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