“Bigotry” row supported living application withdrawn

Plans for a new supported living facility which sparked outrage from residents after it claimed they were “ignorant” and “bigoted” have been dropped.

The City of Lincoln Council confirmed a request was made to the authority today (Friday) to withdraw 28A Supported Living’s plans for 8 Top Lodge Close, Lincoln.

The company wanted to change the use of the property to a seven-bed house-in-multiple occupation to be used as a facility for disabled adults in need of support, with the aim to help them to live independently.

However, its planning statement sparked fury when it said: “We understand that locals may misunderstand the nature of such a facility and may make objections borne out of ignorance or even bigotry.”

Plans for the internal layout of the facility.

Objectors called on the company to rescind its comments and argued their concerns related to parking problems, the impact on neighbours, and over-concentration of HMOs.

It was the second time the plans had been submitted and the company had also warned City of Lincoln Council that to refuse it again would be “highly discriminatory to a vulnerable group within society”.

An authority spokesman denied it would discriminate while considering the plans.

28A Supported Living has been approached for comment.


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