New University Technical College approved for Lincoln
Plans to build a University Technical College in the heart of Lincoln have been approved.
Tonight, a planning committee at the City of Lincoln Council granted permission for the proposals.
The £7.5 million development will mean revamping the Grade II listed Greenstone Centre and Watkins Building.
The committee heard opinions from residents and councillors, but voted in favour of the plans with a majority of seven.
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The new college plans to take its first 260 students next September, but it will be able to teach 640 pupils from September 2017.
It will teach students aged 14-19 in science and engineering, along with traditional subjects.
Construction should begin this month, and take 50 weeks to complete.
The committee heard some concerns over construction vehicles making their way up to the site, and vibrations damaging historic buildings there.
However it ruled that a construction plan could manage heavy building lorries or vehicles and stop any risk.
Separate planning applications were made for the development- including one for the three story college and another for changes needed to the Grade II listed Greenstone building.
All plans for the UTC were approved at the meeting.
Nick Muntz, managing director of Lincoln Siemens and chair of the UTC trust, said having the UTC in the centre of Lincoln was "a key element of making sure we combine the past, present and future".
Siemens, Lincoln College and the University of Lincoln are all behind the project.