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Little commercial interest shown for Sea Road development in Cleethorpes

Sea Road Cleethorpes

Little commercial interest shown for Sea Road development in Cleethorpes

North East Lincolnshire Council are still awaiting commercial interest for the vacant site on Sea Road, following the demolition of the former Waves bar.

A report – set to be discussed by the Tourism and Visitor Economy Scrutiny Panel at a meeting on 18 November – has revealed little interest has been shown in the development, which was allocated £1 million funding from the Humber LEP Local Growth Fund programme.

This funding paid for the demolition works on the site, as well as the public realm and highway works around the site.

A £1.56 million contribution from NELC made way for an opportunity for a more “impactful option” with increased commercial space on the upper floors and Council services, including the Resort Team and public toilets, proposed to be on the ground floor.

But the report cites the Covid-19 pandemic as being the cause of the lack of interest shown in the development.

It reads: “Over the last year, the Council has been advertising the site and the commercial opportunity both nationally and locally, through its commercial agent PPH.

“Because of the pandemic however, the tourism and hospitality sectors have been seriously impacted, the national market is currently very depressed, although there have been some local, smaller enquiries for the development.

“Given the prime location and strategic importance of the site, the Council will continue to proactively market it through PPH and receive enquiries.

“It will also be prudent for the Council to see what conclusions are drawn from the Cleethorpes Masterplan, which is currently looking at future developments in the resort and town centre over the next ten years.”

The report goes on to say that NELC will “await any further interest” that comes forward from the current marketing exercise, and will “review the findings” of the Cleethorpes Masterplan, which is set to be available from early 2022.

North East Lincolnshire Council has been contacted for comment.

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