December 2, 2019 12.05 pm This story is over 47 months old

New 295-bed student accommodation and teaching facility planned for Lincoln

Some nearby residents have complained

Bishop Grosseteste University has submitted new plans for a three-storey teaching facility and five new student accommodation buildings in Lincoln.

The proposal submitted to City of Lincoln Council would see the facilities built on currently unused land next to the Yarborough Leisure Centre car park, off Riseholme Road.

As part of the plan, a range of three, four and five-storey buildings would be built for the new student housing.

The university said in its plans that the 295 bedroom accommodation would help to improve its housing offer.

Bishop Grosseteste University said it needs the new accommodation in order to keep up with student demand.

Meanwhile, a three-storey block is planned to help meet demand for teaching space.

The facility would provide more teaching rooms and support space, as well as an on-site cafe.

40 car parking spaces would also be provided as part of the proposal.

In its plans, the university said it needs the facilities in order to meet its targets.

Further visuals of the student accommodation planned for Riseholme Road.

It said: “In addition to meeting the demands for teaching space, BGU have recognised the need to improve their offer for student accommodation.

“In order to meet targets, a significant rise in the number of student bedrooms is required, but available space is limited on campus.

More visuals of the proposed student accommodation by Bishop Grosseteste University.

“The acquisition of the site on Riseholme Road is linked to this need to support up to 300 additional students in university managed accommodation. 

“This will drastically increase BGU’s ability to support students moving to Lincoln to study, while also reducing the load on the available residential space, both in the local area and city centre, through a reduction in the current use of smaller satellite accommodation units.”

Site layout for the new university accommodation and teaching facility.

The university added that the site would help to accomodate its first-year students and space for teaching and support.

Meanwhile, the plan has already caused concern for residents who say the plan would be out of keeping with the area.

John Noone, who lives on Riseholme Road, said the proposal would also cause traffic problems.

“It will dwarf everything else on Riseholme Road and is likely to cause traffic chaos in the area,” he said.

“Local residents are set to resist yet another loss of local green space and unsympathetic architecture not in keeping with its surroundings residential surroundings.”

The city council will make a decision on the plan at a later date.

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