TOURISM on the Lincolnshire coast has been given a double boost after the approval of two planning applications.
East Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee approved expansion plans at the Grange Leisure Park in Mablethorpe and a separate application for a new café with holiday accommodation at Hardy's Corner, Sea Lane in Huttoft.
Committee members praised the modern design of the café proposed for Hardy's Corner. The application made by Mr D Hardy will see the existing building demolished and a provision is being made for an outdoor seating area, car park and a site for four static caravans.
Andrew Clover of Lincs Design Consultancy, who designed the café, said: 'The regeneration of the site will reinstate an important tourist attraction, which is within the heart of the newly created Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park.
"The scheme will bring the café back to life and reinstate overnight stays, having a positive economic impact.
The innovative and contemporary design will create a striking, landmark building which be an asset to the area for many years to come."
Councillor Steve O'Dare was impressed with the design. He said: "I only wish we had more building of that type. It is very modern."
Councillor Andrew Ferryman said: "It seems Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea are doing very well.
"I use Huttoft beach every day - it is one of the most beautiful banks in the country and the building there is a blot on the landscape.
"Looking at this modern design, we are saying this is a place we are investing in."
The committee also praised the expansion plans by Coastfield Leisure Ltd who own Grange Leisure Park in Mablethorpe.
They applied to change the use of 16 touring caravan pitches to static caravan pitches, a provision of 55 touring caravan pitches, erection of two toilet and shower blocks, new storage areas and a reception area.
They also applied for a provision of an all weather sports area and play area.
The committee heard a previous application on the site brought a number of community benefits, including a footpath and cycleway and a swimming pool which is open to the general public all year round.
The application has also created 30 jobs, the equivalent of 11 full time posts.
A representative from Paul Robinson Partnership (UK) agents for Coastfield Leisure Ltd said: "This new application brings two formal bus stops to the site which will enable visitors an alternative means of getting into the town centre and encouraging them to get into the town centre.
"The two applications make it a sustainable development and a key facility for tourism in Mablethorpe."