Market Rasen could be set for a £1 million investment after a manufacturer won a planning battle with West Lindsey District Council.
Back last year lighting manufacturer Tradelight announced plans to build a new £1m factory in Gallamore Lane, creating at least 12 new jobs.
“The benefit of the development will outweigh any harm”WLDC
The firm, now based at a temporary site in Gallamore Lane, applied for permission for a small development of starter-homes to be built on its former Oxford Street site, which would be sold-off with profits going to the new factory.
But Tradelight became embroiled in what it called a ‘ridiculous’ argument with the council over potential traffic problems that could be caused by the proposed new homes.
Director Roy Goodyear threatened to pull out of the town entirely if the planning application was not approved - and it has now been given the green light.
The initial application was revised to reduce the number of homes from nine to seven - and there were no objections from officials over highways issues.
A statement in WLDC’s planning permission report said: “On balance it is considered that the benefit of the development will outweigh any harm.
“The proposal will positively contribute seven dwellings towards the supply of housing in Central Lincolnshire and is in a location considered as sustainable due to the large range of services and facilities available in Market Rasen.
“It will not harm the character and appearance of the street-scene or the nearby conservation area and will not have a detrimental impact on highway safety.
“The proposal will not have a significant adverse impact on the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers on and off the site or increase the risk of flooding.
“It is therefore considered that the proposal is acceptable subject to the agreement of certain conditions.”
One resident, who lives near to the site, wrote a letter of objection, raising concerns about traffic.
He said: “The traffic as it is now is very busy.”
The Rasen Mail has made repeated attempts to contact Mr Goodyear for a comment but none of our calls have been returned.