The City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee granted permission for two significant redevelopment proposals in the city. An Outline consent was secured for a 5/6 storey building which will include two levels of car parking with accommodation above in either apartment, office, hotel or student accommodation use. The variation in uses recognises that there is not a specific end user identified but that numerous potential occupiers would be suitable and an outline permission would provide a set of clear development parameters for a detailed scheme to take forward. Detailed analysis has led to robust conclusions regarding matters of scale and height for the development of this centrally located and seriously under-used site. The uses proposed with this application are consistent with those identified as suitable for the Central Mixed Use area by the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan and will help further enhance the vitality and viability of the city centre.
In the south west of the City full planning permission was granted for 2 and 3 storey buildings accommodating 38 apartments along with car parking and open space. The opportunity to develop this site follows the demolition of “The Wildlife” pub over 5 years ago. The one and two bedroom apartments are regarded as an ideal opportunity to provide starter homes in a sustainable location and will include 25% affordable housing units. The design ensures that the new buildings will not unreasonably impact on existing neighbours and includes car parking for 48 vehicles. The Planning Committee, in unanimously supporting the proposals, acknowledged that this scheme provides a welcome opportunity to tidy up and regenerate a brownfield site and delivers a number of properties which would be available for the local community to buy as starter homes.
In addition, the Inspector appointed to consider an appeal against North Lincolnshire Council’s refusal of a proposed affordable housing development at the edge of Kirton in Lindsey concluded the proposals constituted sustainable development and granted permission. He confirmed that there remains significant unmet affordable housing need in the settlement and that the appeal scheme would bring forward 16 affordable housing units which would make a significant contribution to meeting the unmet affordable housing need for Kirton in Lindsey. He explained that whilst the appeal site is outside of the development limit for the settlement the provision of affordable housing accords with saved Local Plan Policy RD2 and Core Strategy Policy CS9 and on that basis considered that overall the appeal scheme complies with the development plan policies for the location of new development.