Campaigners have won their fight to see the controversial Pier Field site in Skegness listed as an Asset of Community Value.
East Lindsey District Council made the decision this evening (Monday) which will see the site put onto the open market.
As a result, the council has not agreed to sell the site to KCS Developments, which could have paved the way for a Premier Inn and KFC restaurant.
The decisions mean the Save Our Foreshore Group now has six weeks in which to express an interest in relation to the acquisition of the site, in line with the Localism Act 2011.
Doing so would then trigger the remainder of a six month moratorium to allow the group to work up a fully costed business plan and to submit a bid to the council to purchase the site.
Once the six month period has concluded, if triggered, the matter would be referred back to council to consider whether or not the council wishes to dispose of the site and who to.
During the six month moratorium other organisations are also able to submit a bid for the site.
KCS Developments will also have the opportunity to submit their bid as part of the open marketing exercise.
The council’s portfolio holder for economic regeneration Coun Craig Leyland said: “Council has agreed to list the site as an Asset of Community and with the moratorium triggered the challenge is now open for groups in the community to bring forward viable proposals that address the real issues facing Skegness and the wider coast – the need for jobs and the need for investment. We look forward to receiving a proposal from the Save Our Foreshore Group, which has already committed to providing 50 jobs as part of their scheme.
“The council has a clear ambition to create opportunities for investment and jobs across the District and will continue to carefully consider all opportunities presented by developers.”