Revised plan for Lincoln Brayford student flats expecting approval

A decision on updated plans submitted by the University of Lincoln for new student accommodation blocks on the Brayford Marina will be made next week.

As reported previously, City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee refused original plans, which consisted of two 11 storey buildings and one four storey building constructed either side of the Brayford flyover, and would have included 500 rooms.

Photo: Emily Norton for The Lincolnite

Photo: Emily Norton for The Lincolnite

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.

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

The new, slightly reduced, plans.

The new, slightly reduced, plans.

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

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

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

The target construction start date is June 14, 2016.

John Plumridge, Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln, said previously: “We have considered carefully the points raised by the Planning Committee, particularly around protection of Cathedral views and other vantage points.

“Our new proposal incorporates some significant design changes, most notably a three-storey reduction in height to one of the buildings, but also a new colour scheme and design concept in keeping with the area’s architectural heritage.”

Planning officers are recommended to grant planning permission for the scheme subject to a number of conditions at a meeting on April 27.