Row over £50m Mablethorpe housing development

The government is being urged to reject plans for a £50m development in Lincolnshire because of concerns over flooding and the impact on local trade.

The Lindum Group has already been granted preliminary approval by the district council to build 180 homes and a supermarket in Mablethorpe.

But now Lincolnshire County Council wants the government to take a "careful look at the application".

A Lindum spokesman said the county's intervention was "unhelpful".

'Quite incredible'

Lincolnshire County Councillor Colin Davie said: "This is a very dangerous precedent-setting application - we do not want to see an increase in the number of people living in an area at a high risk of flooding.

"We consider the development is wrong for two reasons: firstly because of its location and the risk of flooding... but more importantly because of the harm it will do to the town centre of Mablethorpe.

"We don't consider this to be a good planning decision and that is why we have asked the secretary of state to look at it."

Paul McSorley, a Lindum board director, said: "We have worked for years with the Environment Agency, with East Lindsey District and with the county council through the coastal steering group to make sure we brought forward a safe and successful application - they were part of that process.

"So to come forward now and say they don't want it is quite incredible. To get this at this stage is so unhelpful."

East Lindsey District Council had earlier rejected the plans for the Golf Road development because it believed it would be detrimental to the town centre and might cause small shops to close.

But the district council took a second look at the application after an appeal by the firm and granted outline planning approval on 15 March.

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