Concerns voiced over Woodhall’s Spa Baths project

An artist's impression of what the landscaped area outside the renovated Spa Baths complex could look like. The woodland is in the background
An artist's impression of what the landscaped area outside the renovated Spa Baths complex could look like. The woodland is in the background

A Woodhall Spa couple have revealed their concern that vital woodland could be lost to help fund re-development of the Spa Baths.

The couple, who were not named, spoke out at a meeting of Woodhall Spa Parish Council last week.

They urged councillors to highlight that multi-million pound plans to resurrect the historic baths could hinge on developers securing permission for housing in nearby woodland.

Details of the potential housing development were revealed in the News last month, but local developers GN Construction - who are leading the project - stressed it was very much “the last option.”

GN are actively looking to attract funding via grants and no actual planning permission for the baths - or the housing - has been submitted.

However, the couple told councillors that areas of the woodland - off Coronation Walk - had already been taped off.

They said ‘marks’ had appeared on some trees which appeared to indicate they might be in line to be felled.

Apart from the possibility of housing, the woodland could also be used for new car parking, which is central to the renovation of the baths - and an extension to the adjoining Kinema in the Woods complex.

The couple said that while “99.9 per cent” of Woodhall residents probably supported the re-development of the baths, they doubted what that figure would be if areas of woodland were lost to housing.

They claimed the parish council should hold a public consultation involving residents to gauge the level of support for the housing option.

However councillor Roger Webb - chairman of the parish council’s planning committee - said it was difficult to take any action, until full details of the baths project were submitted for planning permission.

He said: “We know there is a proposition from GN Construction but nothing has come to planning.

“They (GN) have been sounding out the village but there is nothing definite yet.”

Coun Richard Sanderson said he hoped developers would instigate a wider consultation process with residents.

However, he stressed a final decision on the project would rest with East Lindsey District Council and not the parish council.

Councillors said residents would have a chance to submit any concerns during the planning process.

However, one of the residents said that after a previous experience in an another part of the country, they were worried that by the time any action was taken, it would be too late to stop re-development work.