Development

Plans to demolish a former car showroom on the High Street and transform it into a new care home and retirement living development have been submitted to City of Lincoln Council.

Torison Care, part of Leeds-based firm Torison Group, submitted two planning applications this month, including for the erection of a 73-bedroom residential elderly care home. It will have access from Cross Spencer Street, its own car park and turning area, as well as landscaping, refuse and cycle storage.

The second application is to build an elderly residential living apartment building. This would comprise of 32 residential apartments, and include the conversion of the former United Reform Church to form an additional five residential apartments.

Views from car park facing south. | Photo: Stem Architects Ltd

The site located at 471-480 High Street was formerly occupied by Peugeot dealership Abacus Motor Group before it closed in July 2018.

The showroom and ancillary motor repair buildings would be demolished as part of the plans.

In addition to elevation plans and Design & Access statements, various supporting reports have also been included with the planning application such as noise impact and transport assessments.

Over 1,500 people have signed a petition to say no to plans to store nuclear waste underground on the Lincolnshire coast.

Plans emerged to dispose of nuclear waste at a site near Mablethorpe this week, as Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) said it was in “early discussions” with Lincolnshire County Council about using the former ConocoPhillips Gas Terminal in Theddlethorpe as a Geological Disposal Facility, but that no decisions had been made.

Lincolnshire County Council Leader Martin Hill claimed it was only 10 days ago they had a presentation from the firm, and that it was the first time they’d had a meeting with them. He also said a “binding” local referendum would be held and “if it’s a no, that’s the end of it”, according to the BBC.

Louth MP Victoria Atkins told BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Thursday, July 29 that the plans in fact started in 2019 and were more developed than “just one or two week’s work”. Opposition councillors hit out at Tory “secrecy” at the county council after the plans were revealed.

Jaki Lucas recently launched a petition via change.org called ‘No nuclear waste on the Lincolnshire coast’. By the time of publication, the petition has 1,500 signatures.

Jaki said: “Nuclear waste is being buried on the east coast at Theddlethorpe, in plans being drawn up in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council.

“The public have not been consulted and we only found out because of a whistle blower. Please sign the petition.

“Our Tory county councillors were informed but not the residents. It appears this has been on going and hidden from the public before our local elections, could knowing this have changed the result? Say no to nuclear waste on our beautiful coastline.”

Steve Reece, head of siting at RWM, previously said: “We would like to engage with the local community to hear their thoughts and views.

“The process to find a suitable GDF site ultimately requires a community to give clear consent [and] this project is totally unique in that the local community will have the final say.”

The developers added that the multi-billion pound project could create thousands of jobs.

A former sheltered housing scheme in North Hykeham will be turned into new homes using £4 million of investment, while new homes will also be built on an old waste depot site in Metheringham.

The North Kesteven District Council proposal to regenerate the former sheltered housing at Grinter House and Grinter Close was approved unanimously by the authority’s Eastgate Planning Sub Committee on Tuesday.

Plans to build 20 new homes on the former waste depot site in Metheringham have also been approved, subject to conditions and contributions to local infrastructure.

Grinter Close in North Hykeham

Plot 19. | Photo: NKDC

Grinter Close is a collection of 12 one-bedroomed flats arranged in blocks of four which were built in 1965. These flats and a detached bungalow on Chapel Lane will now be demolished and replaced by 18 new homes, including two-bedroomed flats, two-bedroomed bungalows, two and three-bedroomed homes, and a four-bedroomed house.

Grinter House, in Grinter Close, is a building made up of 14 one-bedroomed flats for the elderly that has suffered from low occupancy. The new planning permission now means it will be remodelled to create 16 affordable flats each with their own entrance and increased floor space.

The work is due to start early next year following a tender process and completion is expected in early 2023.

Each bungalow and house will have two off-street parking spaces and each flat will have one space. Access to the site will be along a newly configured access road. So far 20 moves have taken place.

Plots 22-25. | Photo: NKDC

Metheringham depot to be turned into housing

Members of the council’s Planning Sub Committee took the decision which means a mixture of one to three bedroomed flats, bungalows and two storey terraced and semi-detached homes will go on the site.

The permission will deliver a proportion of affordable housing units as well as a NHS contribution of £12,650 and £10,800 towards open space improvements in Metheringham.

The committee members carefully considered the objections from local residents and the parish council. However, following a debate, members came to the view that the development proposed was acceptable in terms of design and layout given the constraints of the site and the relationship with nearby properties.

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