LINDUM’S Paul McSorley says it’s ‘full steam ahead’ for the £50million development plan for Mablethorpe after the Government decided not to call it in for closer inspection or a planning inquiry.
The Department for Communities and Local Government revealed last week that the Secretary of State had ‘carefully considered against the call in’ and stated that the decision should be made locally.
A letter sent last week by Ray Colbourne, Senior Planning Manager for the Department for Communities and Local Government to East Lindsey District Council’s Head of Planning, David Loveday, confirmed the news.
After overcoming this latest potential hurdle, the plans made by Lincoln-based Lindum Developments Ltd which include 180 new homes, a supermarket, pub and restaurant, care apartments and a new drop off area for Mablethorpe Primary School on land west of Golf Road, now need to be put forward in full for final planning permission.
After initially being thrown out by East Lindsey District Council in December, the plans were judged again in March when the developer complained of ‘procedural irregularities’ and were passed by planners at the second time of asking.
Since then, things became even more heated after Lincolnshire County Councillor Colin Davie wrote to the Secretary of State claiming that the plans held a notable flood risk and would set a ‘dangerous precedent’ for the coast; comments described as ‘uninformed and unhelpful’ by Lindum.
Director of Lindum Developments Ltd, Paul McSorley, said: “We’re obviously very pleased with this decision, we feel vindicated.
“We’d have been surprised if it had been called in, as it’s very balanced and there are no conflicts.
“We’re working hard behind the scenes to move things forward and getting final documents in place, we’re not being presumptuous with anything, this is not a quick process and there is an incredible amount of work to do.
“We’ll go back to committee again soon, but obviously this time the plans will be in detail and not in principle.”
Local residents ran strong rival campaigns both for and against the application, with supporters saying it would provide jobs and investment for the town and submitting a 1,400 name petition to the local authority in support.
The opposition group feared flood damage to their nearby homes and potential impact on small town centre businesses, and held a public meeting attended by local MP Sir Peter Tapsell late last year.
Mr McSorley added that he would ‘rule nothing out’ when asked which retailer might take on the supermarket site, confirming that discussions were ongoing with more than one retailer and that a decision would be made quickly.
“We’re looking for the right store for the town, we have to find what fits best,” he stated. When questioned on whether Tesco’s successful application for a supermarket in Station Road which was passed at the same meeting in March would have any impact on their plans, he said it ‘would not make a difference’.
Mr McSorley also thanked supporters of the development, namely the MAGLIN (Mablethorpe Action Group for Support of Lindum). “There’s been incredible support in the town,” he said.
“They made it happen and gave us the confidence to come back, we always said we wouldn’t come if people in the town didn’t want us, so they deserve a special mention.”
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