Council approves ‘much needed’ Lincoln link road plans

Councillors on the City of Lincoln Council Planning Committee have approved proposals to build the East West Link Road in Lincoln.

The first phase of proposals, which will need final approval from Lincolnshire County Council, aims to widen and extend Tentercroft Street to Pelham Bridge.

The redesigned road will hopefully ease congestion on the High Street, meaning less queues due to the rail crossing.

As part of the road widening however, a building on the corner of Tentercroft and High Street will be demolished.

Two Portland Street houses, The Regency Club, four industrial units, two garages and two other office premises will be demolished for the road.

A plan of the buildings which will be demolished, shaded in grey.

This would allow for road widening and new junctions to be put in place.

However, Quantum House and 11-13 Tentercroft Street will be rebuilt once work on the St Mark’s junction is finished.

The new building will house retail units on the ground floor and 14 apartments above.

It will also be built as a replica of the original building, using as much reclaimed material from the old premises as possible, and many of the same dimensions.

The council approved the demolishment and new building because the “city needs this road”.

The rebuilt retail and apartment unit on Tentercroft Street.

Councillors unanimously agreed that the East West Link Road, combined with the proposed Eastern Bypass, will aid the “survival” of the city, and provide traffic relief in the city centre.

Phase two of the plans will see the section of the High Street between St Mark’s junction and St Mary’s Street pedestrianised, meaning traffic will no longer wait at the barriers, instead using Tentercroft Street.

View the most recent planning proposals here

The plans, by Lincolnshire County Council, will cost around £20 million to complete all the phrases.