A highways safety row has blown up over Tanglewood Leisure’s plans to build a holiday complex of 137 log cabins on the outskirts of Louth.
At the East Lindsey District Council planning committee meeting on March 14, Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders warned of the ‘extreme danger’ that would be created for road users at Cordeaux Corner - the main access to the site at Brackenborough Lawn.
“This part of the A16 is already a death trap,” she told the meeting. “There have been several collisions which have resulted in loss of life.”
Concerns over the stretch of road were raised by Louth Town councillors in January, who proposed a reduction by 10mph to 50mph.
Lincolnshire County Council are actively reviewing the one-mile stretch of the A16 between a point just south of the North Holme Road roundabout to a point just north of Cordeaux Corner due to its accident record.
Despite Coun Makinson-Sanders’ concerns, the committee granted consent for works to start on the project in advance of a range of road safety measures which will include the provision both of a pedestrian refuge and two bus laybys, plus the formation of a footway/cycleway link from the application site to the bus stops.
Coun Makinson-Sanders went on to express outrage that there had been no consultation with nearby Fotherby Parish Council whose members, she felt, would also have concerns about safety.
“There has been a serious omission,” she argued.
When senior planner Michelle Walker replied that there was no obligation to consult a parish council about an application outside its boundaries, she was countered by committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper who said that this should have taken place if only out of courtesy.
It is not known when Tanglewood will start work on the scheme for which it has enjoyed outline planning permission since February two years ago.
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Site would bring ‘54,000 visitors’
According to the developer, Lincolnshire firm, Tanglewood Leisure based near Boston, the new holiday cottage site would bring 54,000 visitors to Louth annually and create 33 new jobs.
The firm have earmarked 23 acres surrounding Brackenborough Lawn House off the A16 for a ‘small high-quality retreat for short or longer breaks in peaceful and attractive surroundings’, including 137 holiday lodges.