Plans for more than 1,300 student flats on Lincoln’s St Marks have been resubmitted after being described as “bland” by city councillors.
The development proposed by Aberdeen Standard Investments would see the former Homebase, Lidl, Topps Tiles and part of the BHS unit demolished to make way for the accommodation.
Now, the plans have been resubmitted with fresh designs following councillors’ comments.
It comes as part of a £150 million plan to regenerate the St Marks area.
The student accommodation would come as the first part of the development and was given outline permission back in 2017.
But, full approval for the scheme, which would see 1,372 rooms with shared living space, was rejected by city councillors due to its design.
These would have been constructed in three phases of 407, 408 and 557 bedrooms leading up to May 2022.
But Councillor Bob Bushell called the building “bland” and “boring” and said there’s “no creativity”.
Meanwhile, Councillor Ronald Hills said the scheme was just “more brown boxes”.
When completed, the major development will also include a number of new shops, hotel and a car park with up to 1,100 spaces.
As previously reported, the scheme will eventually see all the units to the west of Debenhams demolished and replaced with new retail units, leisure space and other amenities.
Space would also be made for cycle storage and management facilities.
Options discussed also include the possibility of a new cinema and waterfront restaurants and the scheme has the potential to generate up to 2,000 new jobs in the city.
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