Lincolnshire

Louth cattle market proposals approved

Proposals for a second cattle market in a Lincolnshire town have been approved by councillors.

East Lindsey District Council's planning committee granted outline approval for a site at the Fairfield Industrial Estate, in Louth.

Campaign group Keep Louth Special said it feared it could make way for a supermarket to be built on the existing site in the town centre.

The site's tenant said it is committed to running the existing market.

Alan Mumby, chair of the Keep Louth Special group, said: "We know there are large national retailers lurking and this maybe a way in.

"This is just the first stage in what I think will be a long and protracted battle."

Louth Market Auctioneers, who are the tenants at the authority's cattle market site in Louth, said: "We remain committed to running a livestock market in the town as long as it is viable and the farming community and our landlords want us to."

James Gilbert, from the district council, said: "We supported the planning application as set out by the developer because it complied with planning policy."

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