Council to reconsider £50m Mablethorpe development

Plans for a £50m project are to be reconsidered by a Lincolnshire council after complaints from the developers.

East Lindsey District Council had rejected the proposals for 180 homes and a supermarket in Mablethorpe over concerns about the impact on the town.

But the Lindum Group, the developer which submitted the plans, claimed its application was not heard fairly.

The proposals would be revisited "to avoid unnecessary legal action", the authority said.

'Full and fair'

In a statement, East Lindsey District Council said concerns about the procedural rules that allowed councillors who were not on the planning committee to address it in relation to an application had been raised.

David Chambers, the chairman of the Lindum group, said he was happy the plans were being reconsidered, but said he still had concerns.

"I'm pleased that common sense is starting to prevail, although one wonders whether this is something that will be heard in a full and fair manner," he said.

The district council said it was clear that all the planning applications it considered must follow the correct process to ensure decisions were "open, fair and transparent".

But it added that it was also clear that applications must be considered "on their planning merits and in line with local, regional and national planning policy".

East Lindsey District Council rejected plans for the development on Golf Road in December because it believed it would be "detrimental" to the town centre and could cause small shops to close.

The application would go back before the planning committee on 15 March, the authority said.

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