December d-day for new Tesco superstore in Mablethorpe

An artists's impression of the new Tesco store.
An artists's impression of the new Tesco store.

TESCO’S application to build a new superstore in Mablethorpe has been put back, the Leader can reveal.

East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee will now decide the outcome at their December 15 meeting, and not this month as previously thought.

The food giant want to build a new store in Station Road on the site of the current sports centre, under the requirement that they build a new sports facility in Stanley Avenue.

It means that the application will be heard alongside Lindum’s Golf Road plan, meaning the outcome of the meeting could have a profound impact on Mablethorpe for future generations.

ELDC planning manager David Loveday said: “It was felt that both applications should go to planning committee in December so councillors on the committee can have a detailed and open debate in knowledge of all the facts and officer recommendations.”

Mablethorpe Town Council approved amendments to Tesco’s plans on Monday evening, but are keen to have a big say on the S106 agreement for a new sports facility. They are also asking that Tesco provide an astroturf facility, replacement playground equipment and to employ local people in the possible store and sports centre.

Louise Gosling, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, commented: “We continue to work with all stakeholders as the plans go through the planning system. This includes the town council, district council, local community, British Legion and businesses in Mablethorpe.

“We believe that our plans for a new store on Station Road will help to keep people in the town to do their main food shopping and encourage people to use other businesses, as well as creating up to 150 new jobs. Delivering a new sports centre on Stanley Avenue is also a key part of the plans and we are working with the council’s leisure department to finalise these proposals.”

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