Former Louth mayor Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders has helped save the day for a proposed revamp of a long-established hostelry in the town.
Having already spent some £500,000 on The Greyhound in Upgate, the Tipper family are keen to make further improvements to the pub.
For instance, the creation of a first-floor dining area will allow it to accommodate more customers - and serve more locally-produced food.
But the plan prompted objections from groups such as Louth Civic Trust, the Lincolnshire Historic Buildings Committee and some of East Lindsey District Council’s planning and conservation officers.
They claimed on May 23 that the project would be ‘alien’ to a listed building which is prominently sited in part of the town’s conservation area.
But a call for the application to be refused was rejected after a presentation from the ex-mayor who likened the plan to The George, Stamford.
“The proposed refurbishments are of exceptional quality and will represent a huge bonus,”she said. “This is the largest employer in my ward. “It already supports 25 jobs and more could be created.”
Coun Terry Knowles added: “This is a thoughtful application which is worthy of our support.”
The committee agreed there should be discussions to ensure that details of the approved scheme match those of an artist’s montage.