1,300 student flats will be built on Lincoln’s St Marks in a move that will mark the start of a £150 million redevelopment of the area.
The development proposed by Aberdeen Standard Investments will see the former Homebase, Lidl, Topps Tiles and part of the BHS unit demolished to make way for the accommodation.
Councillors on City of Lincoln Council had previously dismissed the designs as “bland”, but have now approved the proposal.
Brian Kelly, speaking on behalf of Aberdeen Standard Investments, said the plan is a “key step” in the regeneration of St Marks.
“We have looked to address the issues raised with the first plan in a positive way,” he said.
“The design solutions we have adopted look to improve the scheme.
“The proposal is the first key step towards the regeneration of St Marks and has the potential to benefit to the wider city.”
Councillor Gary Hewson said the area is an “important corner” of the city and it was important to get the plan right.
“I am pleased that I made the decision last time to refuse,” he said.
“That’s because what we have now is a lot better and the variety and visual interest is a lot more acceptable.”
The scheme will 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 will be 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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