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Rejected Sainsbury’s plan for Louth could be revived

Land off Newmarket could be transformed into a new retailer and housing if the appeal is overturned.

Land off Newmarket could be transformed into a new retailer and housing if the appeal is overturned.

 

A controversial supermarket and housing bid for Louth could be revived after the applicant appealed to the Government over its rejection.

East Lindsey District Council in June threw out the application by Metaris Properties Ltd to build a Sainsbury’s Local supermarket, two smaller retail units and seven houses on derelict land off Newmarket.

Charles Walter, director at Metaris, said the store would be a ‘useful amenity’, boosting employment locally.

But councillors, so fearful of traffic problems, described it as a ’tragedy waiting to happen’ and were concerned for the wellbeing of other traders within the town centre; they voted 11 to two against the plans.

There were also fears that the adjacent Watts Lane, currently a private road, would not cope with the volume of traffic.

But this week Metaris confirmed to the Leader that they had applied to the Planning Inspectorate to have the development looked at again from a national level.

The planning inspector could look more favourably on the application. Prime Minister David Cameron has been a champion of ‘building our way out of recession’ in recent months.

Read more in the Leader on Wednesday.

 
 
 

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