The former Lloyds TSB bank on Lincoln’s Bailgate will become a new restaurant with takeaway facilities as part of plans to convert the building.
Following the closure of the bank last November, plans were submitted to City of Lincoln Council to turn the ground floor into a new business – understood to be a fish and chip restaurant.
City councillors approved the plans at a meeting at City Hall last night.
Council officers said the new use of the building would not “detract from the vitality or viability of the primary shopping area” on the Bailgate.
Objectors had complained about the potential impacts of those using the takeaway, including parking issues, litter and rodents.
A 27-signature petition was also handed in objecting to the plan.
But, councillors disagreed over the impact the new restaurant would have on the area.
Councillor Eddie Strengiel said he did not object to the proposal, but raised concern over potential rubbish on the streets of the Bailgate
“Had it just been a restaurant, I would have been happy,” he said.
“But when we are trying to protect are historic areas, I can just see fish and chip paper going around.”
But, Councillor Chris Burke welcomed the application for the former bank.
“I praise this plan because the building is not going to be empty and is going to be put to good use,” he said.
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