Plans for new housing development and store in Louth move a step closer
CHANGES to plans could open the way for a new convenience store and housing development in Louth.
East Lindsey District Council has received amended plans for the proposed Sainsbury's Local store and housing development which will be on the former Brown's Garage site in Newmarket if it gets the go-ahead.
The amended plans see the number of town houses reduced from seven to six and vehicular access to the store will be from the Newmarket Medical Practice.
Tillbridge Developments, a sister company to the Gelder Group, is overseeing the plans for applicants Metaris Properties Ltd.
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The amended application includes widening the Watts Lane junction for access to the new houses, a new pedestrian footpath and a proposal to relocate the bus stop near the site to be closer to the Watts Lane junction. The application also includes two smaller retail units with the planning documents stating one of the units could become a chemists for the nearby medical centre.
Giles Walter, of Tillbridge Developments, said the changes have been made following discussions with the district council.
"The reduction to six homes gives extra space for gardens and the access off Newmarket and out via Watts Lane is a better highway solution," he said.
"This, added to the footpath to be put in down Watts Lane for safer pedestrian movements gives a better layout."
But since the amended application was submitted, the scheme has received fresh objection from the Pleasant Resident's Association, made up of people living near the Mount Pleasant area, off Newmarket.
James Pocklington, on behalf of the Pleasant Residents Association, said: "Although the housing layout at the rear of the site is greatly improved, the revised traffic flow and delivery bay for the retail site at the front is ill-considered and inappropriate.
"The consequences of moving the bus stop closer to the Watts Lane junction will make the access in and out of the junction more hazardous, particularly when both bus stop and delivery bays are in use.
"This proposal will not enhance the amenity of the area. It will make life a lot more difficult for residents and create significant safety hazards for road users."
Other objections to the scheme include the effect it will have on the three smaller convenience stores in this area.
On the comments to the plans so far, a supporter has said: "It would be a good thing to use this site in such a diverse way and it would be very convenient to have a local store and ATM on our doorstep."
Louth Town Council's planning and environment committee was due to discuss the application at its meeting last night.
The consultation for comments closes on Thursday, April 26.