Revised Brayford student accommodation plans approved despite objections

Revised plans for new student accommodation blocks on the Brayford waterfront have been given the green light.

Initial proposals, consisting of two 11 storey buildings and one four storey building, submitted by the University of Lincoln earlier this year were refused by the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee.

The new proposal for Marina Court includes the erection of one four storey, one eight storey and one 11 storey building to accommodate 44 apartments totalling 442 bedrooms, 58 fewer than before.

Councillors voted for the scheme by a majority of six to three.

The same 220 square metres of space outlined in the initial application will be provided for retail use and another 86 square metres will be made available for businesses.

The new buildings also incorporate office space for the Brayford Trust.

Sixty car parking spaces will be lost as part of the proposed development but 25 cycle spaces and a public footpath around Brayford Pool will be created.

Photo: Emily Norton for The Lincolnite

Photo: Emily Norton for The Lincolnite

The university has already started work clearing the site in preparation for the proposed scheme.

The target construction start date is June 14, 2016.

A University of Lincoln spokesman said: “We are delighted that our proposals for new student residences have been approved.

“These developments will provide high quality on-campus student accommodation, meeting a need within the city, enhancing the student experience and continuing the £100 million-plus programme of investment the university is making in the Brayford Pool Campus.”