A plan by Tesco to increase the sales area of its proposed new store on the western edge of Mablethorpe has been welcomed by East Lindsey councillors.
At a meeting of the planning committee at East Lindsey District Council, Coun Sid Dennis enthused: “This will be a good thing for the town.”
He and colleagues voted unanimously to approve the retailer’s application to increase the sales space from 1,860 sq metres to 2,372 square metres.
An increase of 512 sq metres from the original planning consent.
The store says the extra space will accommodate an increased range of products - primary foodstuffs.
Not only that, but it will have the facility to offer a home delivery service after taking orders over the internet.
The application was recommended for approval by head of planning David Loveday who noted that the proposal could increase job opportunities.
“This proposal will be of economic benefit to the town,”he said. “The increase in space will not be so great as to cause undue worry,” he said.
Asked by Coun Ed Mossop to assess the relative size of the store, the planning chief: replied: “It won’t be a megastore - I would say it would be medium to medium-large.
“It will be larger than anything existing in Louth.”
The store will sit on a site of approximately 31 acres on land off Golf Road.
And is part of a project which also embraces a petrol filling station, a restaurant and a housing estate.
Although there are a few lingering concerns about the potential impact on the economic viability of other Mablethorpe retailers.
At the meeting it was reminded that developers, Lincoln-based Lindum have agreed to contribute £1 million towards central town centre improvements.
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