Petition against plans to turn a former Lincoln care home into student rooms
A petition has been launched against a proposal to turn a former care home into student accommodation.
Unity Property Group wants to create 53 rooms at the former Park View home off the southern end of High Street, Lincoln.
The facility, in St Botolph's Crescent, closed in September, one of eight homes to shut due to Lincolnshire County Council cuts.
Now, 30 out of 31 households in the quiet street which directly face the building have signed a petition.
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Some are threatening to move if the scheme is approved.
Resident Shaun Scott, 39, a welder, who launched the campaign, said the proposed use is out of keeping.
"We object to the loss of privacy, the likely noise and disturbance, and the fact that there's only 22 car parking spaces for 53 students.
"This will cause road safety, access and congestion problems. The proposal is simply unsuitable for the area.
"It's miles from town, there'll be taxis coming and going and people coming back from the clubs in the middle of the night."
Neighbour April O'Sullivan, 49, said: "We are not anti the university but why does it have to be turned into student flats?
"It's a shame they closed the home down.
"I think it should be turned into new homes for people on the council housing waiting list.
"If it's passed I would seriously consider moving.
"At the moment it's nice and quiet around here."
Resident Michelle Lee, 40, said she too would consider relocating.
"I don't have any problem with students but this is the wrong place for what's planned for the old care home," she said.
Simon Grace, a partner in the Lincoln-based Unity Property Group, said student accommodation is the most feasible use for the building.
"We are local developers and in any development we do we are conscious of the impact on local people," he said.
"I cannot see what else it could be used for apart from student accommodation."