Aberdeen Standard Investments* has submitted a revised detailed planning application for 1,372 new student residences for the University of Lincoln, following City of Lincoln Council’s surprise rejection of an earlier application in the summer.
The new application seeks to address the points raised when the application was refused. The changes include alterations to the elevations and finishes of the proposed buildings. If the application is approved, work could begin in spring 2019. The construction programme will be phased, with the first students potentially moving in at the start of the new academic year in 2020.
As the Homebase, Lidl and Topps Tiles stores are now vacant we will progress with the demolition of these blocks, which currently occupy part of the site earmarked for the student accommodation. Enabling works for the demolition started on Monday 29 October. This work is expected to last until mid-January 2019.
David Stewart of Aberdeen Standard Investments commented: “We’ve looked very carefully at the design features the Council Planning Committee highlighted in July and we’re confident we have sympathetically addressed their concerns. Given that outline planning for the full St Marks scheme is already in place, we’re very hopeful that we’ll soon be able to start building the much-needed new student housing.”
Construction of the student accommodation would be the first major element of the planned £150 million redevelopment of St Marks, which will include new retail and leisure, residential, a hotel and improved parking.