A resident has laid claim to a part of land on the proposed Lindum retail and housing site after details emerged at last week’s ELDC planning meeting.
During the two-hour debate on May 23, the resident in question upheld his ownership of a piece of the site located off Jacklin Cresent in Mablethorpe, this makes up land that has been earmarked for the development.
But East Lindsey District Council’s head of planning, David Loveday has insisted this small hitch ‘will not stop the development’.
He told councillors: “Sometimes these things happen, but it does not invalidate the proposal, nor make it untenable.
“Even if the claim proves to be correct, it will not stop the development - it is only a small parcel of land.”
Councillors gave applicants LB Mablethorpe Ltd, an offshoot of Lincoln based firm Lindum, the green light to start work on the first phase of the project, the construction of 180 homes of various types. Of these homes, 120 have been designated as social housing, with priority being given to families on the waiting list who have the closest connection to Mablethorpe.
But Coun Terry Knowles sounded a note of concern that those on the housing list would have the ‘wherewithal’ to apply for the new homes.
He warned: “If there is a shortfall in demand, this could be a building site for the next 20 years.”
During the meeting plans also surfaced that the construction of the Tesco supermarket alongside the proposed pub and petrol station would have to wait until the first homes are built.
Despite concerns from Coun Steve Palmer that Tesco ‘might never be built’, the committee heard that a contract has been signed with the supermarket giant who are committed to proceeding.