It has been reported that the Planning Inspector has approved the plans for supermarket and housing on the Newmarket site. This overturns the rejection of the plans by East Lindsey District Council.
It's also reported that the supermarket will be a Co-op food store and could be finished by 2014.
Without seeing the Inspectors report it's difficult to know on what grounds it has been allowed but I suspect it's to do with the current government policy of a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Local opinion, existing competition and question marks over access to the site carry no real weight in current planning policy. The thinking behind this policy is that if we build more shops we'll spend more and revive our ailing economy..I'm afraid I can't quite see the logic in that if it means the demise of existing shops and puts additional pressure at an already stressed junction.
We'll find out more when the report arrives and discuss options available to the residents.