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Decision on new wakeboarding facilities at Tattershall Lakes is deferred

By Louth Target  |  Posted: June 04, 2012

DECISION DEFERRED: East Lindsey District Council's planning committee has deferred making a decision on whether to allow new wakeboarding facilities at Tattershall Lakes Country Park.

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PLANNERS have deferred making a decision on the creation of new wakeboarding facilities at Tattershall Lakes Country Park.

Just Wake Ltd applied to East Lindsey District Council for permission to build two eight metre high towers with cables in between, together with a reception, changing rooms and toilet facilities at the site off Sleaford Road.

Wakeboarding developed from a combination of the techniques used in water skiing, snow boarding and surfing.

Opposition to the plans was sounded at a meeting of the planning committee by two local residents who raised concerns about the potential for road accidents as a result of people "rubber necking" at the towers from the A153 as well as the potential impact of wakeboarding activities on wildlife on the lake.

But applicant Suzi Nightingale, said: "Wake boarding is actually good for the water and fish wouldn't be hurt. Wildlife is flourishing all over the park.

"I am really looking forward to bringing a world class coaching facility to East Lindsey."

The park, which is home to several hundred static caravans and lodges also hosts water skiing and jet ski activities already at the site.

Further objections to the proposals have been made by the National Trust which manages Tattershall Castle, adjacent to the application site as well as English Heritage.

A letter from Trust planning advisor Alan Hubbard, said: "The proximity of activity to the Castle Keep and the consequent adverse impact upon visitor enjoyment is a concern for the National Trust."

Ben Robinson from English Heritage added: "The development would become a significant addition to the accumulation of unsympathetic development and activities within the setting of Tattershall Castle."

Despite the concerns, the application had been recommended for approval by ELDC's planning officers, subject to a number of conditions.

Coun Terry Bridges said: "I am the heritage champion for ELDC and I find this application a very difficult one. On one hand we are expected to increase tourism but at the same time are expected to preserve our heritage. I would propose a site visit so every councillor can familiarise themselves with the surroundings."

Members agreed to defer the decision until a site visit has been made.

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