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Noise concerns to get Lincoln skate park proposal withdrawn

The City Council is looking for alternative sites for a skate park in Lincoln after they proposed to withdraw their Hobblers Hole plans due to noise concerns.

An application was submitted earlier this year by the City of Lincoln Council to create a site for skaters, scooter and BMX riders at the site between Long Leys Road and Yarborough Road.

But a noise study carried out by the council revealed a 1.8 metre high wall would be needed at one end of the site to prevent any disturbance to people living nearby.

Due to the aesthetic impact such a wall would create in the area, the council said it is proposing to withdraw the application and look for a more suitable site in Lincoln.

Hobblers Hole
Hobblers Hole

John Latham, Director of Development and Environmental Services, said: “As part of the normal planning process, we undertook a number of studies including a noise survey, which revealed the need for a high wall at the proposed park.

“This was unexpected as the site is more than 100m from any housing and is not something we could have foreseen happening.

“We have now come to the conclusion this would be an unacceptable addition to the site and have therefore recommended to the Executive Committee that the application is withdrawn so that we can consider what the alternatives are, review all sites previously assessed and work with users to create a skate park which meets their needs but doesn’t have any impact on surrounding neighbours.”

The council has been searching for a suitable site for a skate park near the city centre since 2011. They first wanted to build it near the Grandstand off Carholme Road, but faced opposition from local residents and a legal setback.

Then, the City Council moved the plans for the Hobblers Hole site, but local residents unanimously voted to request the withdrawal due to a range of concerns.

Executive councillors will consider the recommendation to withdraw the application at a meeting on July 28.