The first phase of £12 million redevelopment plans which promise to revitalise the Cornhill Quarter in Lincoln City Centre have been approved.
Given a unanimous green light by the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, October 28, Lincolnshire Co-op can now begin to kickstart the project.
The modern extension surrounding the Grade II listed Corn Exchange is to be removed, revealing the original building and creating refurbished units for shops and restaurants.
The Corn Exchange will connect to the Greenwoods building and extensions will be built at the rear of numbers 30a and 35 Sincil Street.
A walkway would be created through number 33 Sincil Street, linking to the proposed new multi-storey car park, which forms part of plans for the Lincoln Transport Hub.
A public consultation was held when the plans were announced in February, with more than 70% of people who responded supporting the scheme.
Despite this, a small number of traders staged a protest against the plans, stating the central market should not be touched.
Lincolnshire Co-op has said that existing tenants from the Cornhill Market have been in regular contact with Banks Long & Co.
The majority have identified alternative accommodation for their businesses if the Cornhill Quarter plans go ahead.
Separate planning permission will be required for future phases of the Cornhill Quarter project, which will include developing and improving other parts of Sincil Street and the City Square centre.
Earlier in the meeting, councillors also unanimously approved £29 million plans to create an integrated Transport Hub in the area.
The planning application for the Cornhill Quarter has been approved unanimously.
— Lincoln Council (@lincolncouncil) October 28, 2015