Better access plans for Carlton Centre in Lincoln

The Carlton Shopping Centre in uphill Lincoln will undergo an access revamp, subject to planning permission.

Owners Lincoln Corn Exchange & Markets (1991), part of Lincolnshire Co-opervative, have plans to improve exits out of the centre.

The centre on Outer Circle Road will get improved car parking, landscaping, and a new access lane to improve congestion.

The junction onto Outer Circle Road will be improved, allowing cars to turn left into the Carlton Centre site or left out of the centre.

Chartered surveyors Banks Long & Co are the agents of the site.

Director Tim Bradford said: “The Centre’s attractive tenant mix has been boosted by the recent arrivals of Dunelm – which is now based in a much larger shop – and the city’s newest branch of Costa.

“The existing units within the retail park are now fully let and we are turning our attentions to the final phase.

“But the increased footfall, means that it has quickly been realised that action needs to be taken to improve traffic flows and the layout of parking at the centre.

“We are asking for approval to improve the car parking, accessibility to the site and the landscaping. We want to provide a new exit from the site in order to reduce congestion at peak times.”

The planning application is being prepared, ready to be submitted to the City of Lincoln Council for consideration.

Tim Bradford added: “The new access/exit will go between McDonald’s and Dunelm and we have naturally been in talks with McDonald’s, who will be re-routing part of its drive-thru as part of the overall changes.

“The landlord has also agreed to create 26 new car parking spaces on the site and it will be upgrading landscaping features and improving access for pedestrians.”