Plans for a series of business units and offices to the north of Beevor Street in Lincoln have been approved.
The City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee voted in favour of Lincoln Western’s plans to build 21 units on the site as well as outline plans for two further office buildings nearby.
The main site, to be called Foundry Park, will include new access roads, 43 initial car parking spaces, cycle parking, landscaping and two areas for sustainable drainage systems.
Speaking following approval Ben Martin, Project Manager, said: “We’re happy to see the approval at tonight’s committee.
“We’ve been working on this development for the past few years – looking for a sustainable use on this prime site.
“This will be another prominent Jackson & Jacksons development in the city centre. The usage works with the local area and meets the needs of the ever growing city.”
Officers said the proposals made “effective and efficient use of land”.
Councillors were mostly positive, though there were questions around what the future design of SUDS and noise mitigation measures might look like put to the planning officer.
Labour Councillor Gary Hewson said: “It’s a great application because it’s obviously a brownfield site and its sorely needed in this location. Hopefully the buildings will create jobs as well moving forward.”
He added that the railway entrance into the city next to the site was currently “not the best” and hoped it would improve the view.
The build will break down into one large building containing a unit of its own and four others, each split into five units.
Although due to come back before planning at a future point for confirmation, the planned office buildings are designed to be four-storeys high. Parking could be included on the ground floor to help mitigate flood risks.
Officers said that although there was initial concern over the height, the applicants were able to convince them it was “not unusual to see taller buildings at the edge of the urban area” and that there were a number of comparable buildings in the wider area.
The application received one objection from a nearby business around potential noise issues, however, statutory consultees raised no objections, only asking that further noise assessments be carried out when the office plans returned to the council.
Lincolnshire County Council has also asked for £25,000 contribution from the applicant to be used towards upgrading pedestrian facilities on Beevor Street and Tritton Road as well as a Hirebike station within the site.