Mablethorpe 'may die out' without development

Campaigners who want a supermarket and 180-home development built fear their Lincolnshire town will "die out" without it.

In December, East Lindsey District Council rejected plans by the Lindum Group for the £50m development on Golf Road in Mablethorpe.

The council said the plans would be "detrimental" to the town centre.

A meeting, organised by campaign group MAGLIN, took place at Tennyson School on Wednesday evening.

Ros Hicks, spokeswoman for MAGLIN (Mablethorpe Action Group in Support of the Lindum Group Development), said: "Mablethorpe does need this development.

"The town is slowly dying and shops are closing. There was an insistence there could only be developments in the town centre.

"But if we had a superstore, it would encourage people from other parts of the county to come here, see our beautiful beaches and have lunch in our lovely restaurants."

'Unfair' decision

After plans were rejected in December, Neil Cooper, the chairman of East Lindsey's planning committee, said: "The authority has to determine applications against planning policy and this was so far out of the policy that I couldn't see how we could support it.

"Do you want to put a development somewhere that would actually close shops in the town centre? In my opinion, you don't."

David Chambers, chairman of the Lindum Group, said he was aware of the meeting, which representatives from East Lindsey District Council would be attending, and would "see how that goes" before making a decision about lodging an appeal.

"There is a planning meeting tomorrow, at which last month's minutes will be reviewed and can be deferred, allowing us to come back and resubmit the plans," he said.

"That's what should happen as everyone feels the decision was made unfairly."

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