Has Tesco store plan for Mablethorpe hit the skids?

An artists's impression of the proposed new Tesco store.
An artists's impression of the proposed new Tesco store.
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Mystery surrounds the proposed new Tesco in Mablethorpe, after the company admitted they were ‘considering their options’ over the plan.

Tesco were given outline planning permission in March to build on the site of the Station Road Sports Centre, promising 150 news jobs for the town.

As part of the plan they promised to build the town a new sports centre in Stanley Avenue before work begins to build the new supermarket, but a planning application for the sports facility is yet to be submitted.

Six months after they were given approval by East Lindsey District Council, Tesco appear to be no closer to moving the application forward.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are looking at all our options in the town following the council’s planning committee decisions earlier this year.”

The other major application for Mablethorpe at the same planning meeting saw Lindum given approval for their housing plan which includes a new supermarket off Golf Road. The full planning application for this is expected to be submitted imminently.

After being given the green light in March to build the 2,760 square metre store Tesco said they would make shopping ‘easier for residents’, improve choice and keep people in the town to do their shopping.

Tesco had also agreed to improve Mablethorpe’s war memorial, which would be adjacent to the new store, and the designs were welcomed by district councillors and the Royal British Legion.

ELDC’s communications team leader James Gilbert said: “Tesco has planning permission to redevelop the current Station Sports site in Mablethope, subject to a legal agreement to secure a replacement leisure facility and some town centre improvements.

“The decision on whether to continue with this course of action or not is a commercial decision entirely for Tesco.”