Hope for future of Leaking Boot site
THE owners of the fire-devastated site of the Leaking Boot pub are encouraged about its future, after meeting with planning bosses.
Original plans to turn the pub into a hotel have been put on hold, after the building was destroyed by the blaze on June 19.
The Leaking Boot site after the building was demolished.
All that is left of the Cleethorpes landmark is rubble, following demolition, and the fire is currently subject to police investigation.
Yesterday, Helen Blakey, who owns the site with her husband Malcolm, went before North East Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee to discuss the original hotel concept.
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She said it was an exercise to see if councillors would be minded to back it – should they forge ahead with the plan.
She said: "We feel it was a really positive response.
"They do want to see the site developed as a hotel."
Mrs Blakey was joined by Jo Hodson, from Hodson Architects, who said: "A hotel development is not going to be to everyone's liking, but we have to strike a balance."
As reported, planning officers said they would have opposed the development because of parking problems and flood risks.
Now, the plans will remain on the council's records until they are replaced with submissions to build from scratch on the site.
Mrs Blakey said it was early days for any definite plans, although it was likely they would still want to put a hotel on the site.
She said: "The fire only happened a week or two ago.
"We are developers and we are also very passionate about providing this hotel in Cleethorpes. I think we are going to take some time off this summer and get our heads together about what we are going to do."
Humberside Police said an investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the fire.
Anyone with information should call the police on 0845 6060222.