Decision to block redevelopment of old Louth printworks a ‘crying shame’


The decision not to allow a 200-year-old building in Louth to be demolished in favour of new houses has been labelled a ‘crying shame’.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Louth Town Council meeting, Councillor Eilieen Ballard revealed how disappointed she was that Allinson’s Print and Supplies in Queen Street will not be redeveloped.

As reported, East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee rejected an application in January to demolish the existing buildings - which are in the conservation area and are in parts nearly 200 years old - in favour of constructing eight new town houses.

The print firm now trades from Louth’s Fairfield Industrial Estate, but owner Geoff Allinson has tried on numerous occasions to redevelop the old site.

Although senior planning officer Andy Allen recommended approval, councillors turned down the application last month after noting objections from organisations such as Louth Civic Trust and the Victorian Society who emphasised the importance of the buildings to the heritage of the town.

On Tuesday Coun Ballard, representing St Michael’s Ward, said: “It’s a crying shame. Its about time somebody helped him (the applicant - Mr Geoff Allinson).”

Coun Margaret Ottaway reminded Coun Ballard that it was the council’s planning committee who voted to reject the plans, and not the planning officers themselves.

Coun Laura Stephenson, a member of ELDC’s planning committee, added: “Everybody would like the site to be developed, but it has to be the right development.”

She described the printworks, which overlook the town’s bus station, as a ‘prominent site’, and said: “I think we need something perfect.”

“We know what we want in Louth,” she added.

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