Seven-storey student flats plan for Lincoln factory site
A new seven-storey block of student flats could be built in Lincoln city centre.
Studeous Contracts Ltd has submitted plans to the city council for 110 student bedrooms on the site of the former bacon factory, behind the RSPCA shop, in St Marks Street.
The development would provide a mix of studios, one-bedroom flats and twin rooms, along with a laundry and common room, coffee shop and café.
If permission is granted, Studeous hopes to complete the development by July 2013.
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Nigel Simpkin, planning consultant on behalf of Studeous Contracts, said: "We are pleased to put forward proposals to deliver the regeneration of this key site in the city centre while also providing high quality student accommodation to support the university. We would not be looking to develop more accommodation in Lincoln if there was no requirement for it."
But not everyone supports the idea.
One angry city resident, who did not want to be named, said: "A building that big will be obtrusive and an eyesore.
"Surely there is room somewhere else in the city for a building such as this where it wouldn't seem so out of place.
"I welcome students into the city. Lincoln's economy would really struggle without them and they obviously need accommodation but this plan is not the way to do it.
"It is a shame to see older houses in the west end divided up into bedsits and cheap student flats so an alternative is good. But they should reconsider these plans."
The university has around 1,000 student bedrooms on campus and works closely with the owners of privately managed properties where students live.
University of Lincoln spokesperson Joni Appleton said: "It is important that there is a balanced, proportionate supply of good quality student accommodation in the city, particularly in close proximity to the Brayford Pool campus.
"We are in regular dialogue with the local authorities, landlords and private sector developers to try to achieve this.
"We are aware of the plans to redevelop the site near St Mark's and will be happy to work with the developer if this application is approved."
In November 2011, plans were submitted by the University of Lincoln to demolish a derelict single-storey building adjoining the late 19th century Pea Factory.
It was believed student flats were one possibility for a new building on the site.
Permission was granted to demolish the building but no plans have since been submitted for further development.