Blueprint gives backing to plans for new Spa Baths

The Spa Baths complex which is at the centre of a major re-development plan for Woodhall Spa
The Spa Baths complex which is at the centre of a major re-development plan for Woodhall Spa

An ambitious scheme to re-develop the Spa Baths in Woodhall Spa has received backing from a committee behind a key planning blueprint.

The steering committee responsible for Woodhall’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is supporting the multi-million pound project - with certain conditions.

The committee - which includes parish councillors and residents - says the redevelopment “will be encouraged” - provided that the proposal is for a health spa.

Committee members also call for as much of the front entrance of the original building to be restored.

They recommend the new building should “respect “ the surrounding woodland setting by way of its form and the materials used.

Significantly, the committee also calls for the new building - and associated car parking - to have a minimal impact on surrounding woodland.

Some concerns have been expressed locally that mature woodland could be lost to accommodate the Baths complex - and a planned extension at the neighbouring Kinema in the Woods.

Developers GN Construction have admitted a housing development could also be included in their proposals to help finance the project.

They say, though, that residential development is a “last resort.”

Last month, two residents spoke out at a parish council meeting, highlighting their concerns about the impact on woodland.

Councillors, though, said they could not comment because there were no firm planning proposals available.

The comments from the steering committee are included in Neighbourhood Development Plan which will effectively act as a blueprint for future development in the village.

The plan has still to go through various stages before being officially adopted by East Lindsey District Council.

The draft document also reveals support for a development in and around the River Witham, but it does not refer specifically to the Marina proposal put forward by a local family last year.

The document also stresses the steering committee is not against some future residential development in the village, but that is again subject to a lengthy list of conditions