Lincoln City Centre townhouses plan set for approval

Plans for 51 townhouses to be built in Lincoln City Centre are set to be approved, despite concerns raised by the University of Lincoln.

Proposals, jointly submitted by Torsion Developments Limited and Morrisons PLC, would see the erection of 51 townhouses on the former Windmill Pine site, close to Morrisons on Tritton Road.

If approved, the development would comprise 42, six-bed houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), as well as two, nine-bed and seven, 13-bed HMOs.

A total of 361 en-suite bed spaces would be provided, including seven accessible ground floor en-suite bedrooms.

The townhouses would be arranged in a series of seven, four storey linear blocks, which overlook private and secure landscaped courtyards.

Vehicular access to the 99 space car park would be maintained via the existing access road, which also serves B&Q and Hamilton House from Beevor Street.

Previously, the site had a planning application submitted for the erection of building for the purpose of retail and leisure along with associated access, servicing, car parking, boundary treatments and associated works, however this was refused in 2017.

Despite increased student accommodation the proposal would create for the city, the plans have been objected by the University of Lincoln.

Within a letter set by Harvey Dowdy on behalf of the university, it stated: “We wish to make it clear that the university has neither encouraged this development nor more specifically has it engaged in any dialogue with the developer with a view to entering into any arrangement with them in the future.

“The university is particularly concerned that this application would not only deliver student accommodation which would be surplus to demand, it would also be sited on land which could otherwise be used for employment.”

A spokesperson said in the application: “This application presents an opportunity to deliver a bespoke Townhouse Accommodation scheme within a sustainable location close to the main University Brayford Pool campus and the new University Science and Innovation Park.

“Building on the principles established on the Valentine Court project the scheme is underpinned by the desire to deliver a quality new addition to the townscape in this part of the city which forms part of a wider urban regeneration programme.

“The proposed development is consistent with the overarching aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework and the well publicised presumption in favour of sustainable development.

“Torsion Group Ltd are fully committed to developing a new sustainable development that will seamlessly blend in with the existing cityscape, improve local urban environments and have synergy with the University’s and Lincoln City Council’s long term aspirations for the regeneration of Lincoln City Centre.”

It has been recommended that the proposals are granted. Members of the planning committee at the City of Lincoln Council will discuss proposals at a meeting on August 17.