Apartment build in Mablethorpe gets the go ahead

Plans to build 30 apartments for over 55s has been approved by East
Plans to build 30 apartments for over 55s has been approved by East

A controversial plan to build an apartment block in Mablethorpe for over-55s hasbeen given the green light by East Lindsey District Council.

Following amendments to their earlier application, which had previously been refused, Hamilton Projects (Europe Ltd) have been given the council’s backing to proceed with the project of building 30 apartments, which includes an additional apartment for a manager.

The plans will go forward once the company has demolished the former Mablethorpe Care Home that is located off Alford Road on the western edge of the town.

At the East Lindsey planning committee meeting held on March 14, members heard that the roof on part of the building would be lower than originally intended.

Also the balconies that would have overlooked neighbours will not now be incorporated into the scheme.

Committee vice-chairman, Coun Steve O’Dare, said the developers had ‘done a good job’ in accommodating the concerns of neighbours in the new plans.

But a dissenting view came from Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders who described the proposed building as ‘unexciting’.

She continued: “There will be a lot of massing - better use could be made of construction materials.”

The approval decision is unlikely to go down well with Mablethorpe Town Council who rejected the plans previously.

They were concerned that there could be an issue with pedestrian safety and access arrangements off the often busy stretch of A1104 road which the site is off.

It is hoped that developers might install a board detailing the interesting heritage of the site, but no condition was made to this effect.

But before the construction work starts, there will be an archaeological survey of the site.

An ecological survey which has already been carried out has indicated that no bats or nesting birds will be displaced by demolition of the old care home.

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