Plans have been submitted to merge two GP practices in the centre of Lincoln.

If approved, Newark Road Surgery and Portland Medical Practice would merge together to provide care for the 29,000 patients registered at both practices.

Newark Road has over 7,000 patients registered at the surgery, while Portland has around 22,000 registered across three sites (Portland Street, Newland Health Centre and the University of Lincoln Health service).

Patients at both Newark Road Surgery and Portland Medical Practice have until January 15, 2022 to take part in a survey about the merger plans.

Should plans go ahead, they will need to be approved by NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring local NHS services.

Dr Jane Marshall, GP Partner at Newark Road Surgery said by merging, patients could all benefit from the combined clinical skills and expertise offered across both practices.

Dr Marshall said: “By working together in this way, clinical staff will be able to develop skills in more specialist areas. For patients this means they could be seen by someone who specialises in areas such as palliative care, diabetes, sexual health, mental health, or minor surgery.

“We also plan for improvements in telephone and remote access, aiming for improved accessibility and urgent care provision.”

As part of the exercises, a series of events have been put on for patients to hear more about the plans, as well as asking any questions they may have. Booking is required to attend these free events.

The times, dates and locations for these events are:

  • Monday, December 13: CCG stand at University of Lincoln in the Minerva Building Atrium, Brayford Pool Campus, 9m-2pm, no booking required
  • Wednesday, December 15: Ruston Sports & Social Club, Newark Road, 6pm-8pm, book online here or call 07890 047409
  • Thursday, December 16: Bridge Central, Portland Street, 6pm-8pm, book online or call 07890 047409
  • Thursday, January 13: Ruston Sports & Social Club, Newark Road, 6pm-8pm, book online here or call 07890 047409

Councillors have called for improved bus services and biodiversity as they approved plans to build accommodation for nearly 300 students near Yarborough Leisure Centre.

The City of Lincoln Council approved Bishop Grosseteste University’s proposals for land on Riseholme Road on Wednesday.

They include plans for four two/three storey buildings and five three/four storey buildings, along with reception, laundry facilities and warden accommodation. Just 17 parking spaces will be provided for unloading and staff parking only.

City of Lincoln Council planning meeting on Wednesday. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

The university’s plans included a number of changes to a previously-rejected application, for 295 bedspaces with teaching facilities and an on-site café, including reduced footprint and scale, increased distance from Riseholme Road, the loss of a teaching space, a reduction of parking spaces down from 40 and plans to keep trees to the front of the site.

Council officers recommended approval and said the previous barriers has been overcome. They said the development “integrates well into the character of the area”.

Councillor Gary Hewson said: “Clearly there are a lot of students that commute into the university and if they had a better bus service, that’s surely got to be better for students and for the local people as well.

“This may be good that the local residents mix with students because that’s the way people tend to get on.”

Councillor Rebecca Longbottom said more biodiversity should be called for to meet the council’s desires to combat climate change.

Some councillors were still concerned about the scale of the development but accepted the university had improved on its proposals and met the criteria it was rejected on last time.

The public gallery at Wednesday’s City of Lincoln Council planning meeting. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Scott Fleming, Deputy Vice Chancellor of BGU told councillors: “We take our responsibilities to our near neighbours very seriously.

“This has been a long process and it is all the better for it.

“The outcome is a significantly different and much improved application.”

He looked to reassure residents that parking would increase on nearby streets and said previous issues had been caused “overwhelmingly” by commuting students. He said residential accommodation closer to the campus would reduce the need for parking.

“We are confident this will not add to roadside parking in the neighbourhood,” he said.

How the site will be laid out. | Image: BGU

More than 30 residents had objected to the plans with concerns over the density and height of the buildings and an increase in traffic.

They feared a ban on parking would see students park on nearby streets.

Objector John Noone said: “The height of the hotel-like accommodation that’s proposed is not in keeping with the area and will permanently damage it.

“The rooflines of the four storey blocks will dominate the skyline for generations.”

He said BGU already had land it could build on elsewhere and told councillors there would be a surplus in student accommodation in the future.

He said it would “destroy one of the few remaining publicly open green spaces” in the city.

The Lincoln Civic Trust said that although it was a “far better plan than the previous application” it still had concerns.

NHS England requested a sum of £80,575 towards new facilities at the Lindum and Minister Medical Practices to tackle additional demands on GP services.

Demolition works started at the Moorland Centre in Lincoln, in preparation for a new Aldi supermarket and drive-thru Starbucks.

City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee approved the plans to redevelop the Moorland Centre Retail Park earlier this year, which saw the old Downtown store closed down.

It is currently being demolished ahead of a new Aldi supermarket taking its place, as well as a drive-thru Starbucks.

Aldi will be at the back of the site near the existing M&S Food Hall, while Starbucks will be at the front, close to Elite Fish ‘n’ Chips.

The Aldi supermarket would be at the back of the site, near the current M&S Food Hall. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The new Aldi will front onto a new 193-space car park at the Moorland Centre, expanding the number of spaces at the retail park to over 360. As well as this there will be a new entrance to Aldi car park built off Moorland Way.

It is hoped that the project, delivered by Jessops Construction, will be complete by late summer 2022 to allow for Aldi and Starbucks to fit out the premises ahead of opening next year.

The number of spaces at the retail park would increase to over 360. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Manager Director of Banks Long and Co Tim Bradford said: “We are delighted to have acted for Lincolnshire Co-op on the next phase of the Moorland Centre development, which will bring much needed additional services to the ever expanding south western districts of Lincoln and North Hykeham.

“This development will all but complete the Moorland Centre and breathe new life into part of the site which has moved beyond the end of its economic life.”

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