Councillors approve plans to turn Lincoln pub into student housing

Plans for 12 student houses on the site of a former pub in uphill Lincoln have been approved at the fourth time of asking.

As previously reported, applicants Millhouse Developments proposed converting The Lord Tennyson pub at 72 Rasen Lane into a part two-storey, part three-storey building housing 12 apartments, and new boundary walls to the front and side of the site.

Three previous applications to redevelop the land had been rejected by councillors on City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee.

However, on this occasion, a majority of councillors approved the application, albeit with objections from four members of the committee.

The development will consist of 12 car parking spaces, including two for disabled motorists, and eight cycle spaces.

Front and side elevations of the proposed development

Front and side elevations of the proposed development

Millhouse Developments purchased the pub from Punch Taverns in May 2011 after a fall in trade in the preceding years.

The developers leased the building to a landlord who re-opened the pub as a free house at a fixed rent with living accommodation above included.

However, the pub closed down permanently a year later after a decision was made that it was no longer financially viable for it to remain open.

Since then, the developers have sought to convert the site into housing.