County Councillor wades into Lindum’s Mablethorpe plans starting new row

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A COUNTY councillor has urged the government to step in and reject Lindum’s development plan for Mablethorpe, just two weeks after it won planning approval, in the application’s latest twist.

Coun Colin Davie, Lincolnshire County Council’s Chairman of the Environmental Scrutiny Committee, has written to the secretary of state requesting a ‘critical look’ at the £50million plans which include housing and a supermarket on land off Golf Road.

A new row has erupted over Lindum's plans for Golf Road. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

A new row has erupted over Lindum's plans for Golf Road. Photo: Trevor Bradford.

The news comes after East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee gave the outline plans their approval at a second hearing just four months after unanimously rejecting it.

Lindum say the county council’s move is ‘uninformed and unhelpful’.

Coun Davie said: “We have written to the secretary of state asking him to take a critical look at the planning application.

“We feel it sets a dangerous precedent for development along the coastline.

Coun Colin Davie.

Coun Colin Davie.

“The location is in a high flood risk area and will have an adverse impact on the vitality and sustainability of the town.”

Lindum Managing Director Paul McSorley responded: “We are amazed that, following the extensive consultations we’ve had with the Coastal Steeing Group and coming up with an application the Environment Agency are happy is safe, the county council have sent this uninformed and unhelpful letter.

“They appear to be saying one thing and meaning another. Are they saying no more houses can be built on the coast?

“They are addressing issues that are not theirs to address.

“We engaged with the town and MASCOT (Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Trade), and if the council want economic activity on the coast they should support applications like this.”

Is the county council right to question the development, or should the decision be final? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.