Plans to turn former Lincoln children’s play area into student flats

Plans to transform a former Lincoln children’s play area into student accommodation have been received by City of Lincoln Council.

Applicant Pardeep Sooch has submitted the proposals for the Imagination Station, which closed its doors in August 2016 after trading for just five months.

The soft play centre was located in the former Big Wok building on Beaumont Fee near the city centre.

In its place, 22 apartments across two blocks are set to be created, if planning approval is given.

Block A would consist of 16 bed spaces, with six more in Block B.

Communal living spaces would also be included in the proposed development.

An infill extension would be demolished to make way for an external courtyard.

The proposals do not include any on-site car parking.

However, the plans do include a bike storage area.

Pedestrian access would be via Beaumont Fee.

Agents Stem Architects, speaking on behalf of the applicants, said: “The development aims to address the current lack of bed spaces in the city for postgraduate student couples as confirmed by the university’s accommodation officer.

“It also aims to provide flexible short term letting for research professors at the university.”

Councillors on City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee will consider the proposals at a later date.