City councillors are set to hear plans for 1,300 student flats on Lincoln’s St Marks for a second time after fresh designs were submitted.
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.
But City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee rejected the plans after describing the initial designs as “bland”.
Since then, the developer has resubmitted the proposal with new visuals of the accommodation.
Now, the council’s planning committee will hear the application again at a meeting on December 5.
Councillors have been recommended to approve the plan by council officers.
Full approval for the scheme would see 1,372 rooms with shared living space built on the site.
The proposals come as part of a £150 million regeneration of the St Marks area.
The student accommodation would come as the first part of the development and was given outline permission back in 2017.
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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