A major historic Lincoln building could be turned into a series of new apartments aimed at first-time buyers including students and young professionals.

Paul Andrews has applied to the City of Lincoln Council to turn the Oddfellows Hall, on Unity Square, into 32 residential units.

The move will include a three-storey rear extension, the raising of the roof to accommodate a third floor and further external alterations .

A design and access statement from the developer says the existing floors will be removed and replaced as part of the work and the basement cellar areas will also be reduced in height.

They said: “The proposed development will make good use of the historic existing building that would be a great loss to the city if the building were to be demolished.

“The apartments are aimed to first time buying i.e. students and young professionals who are wishing to get onto the property ladder.

The inside of the building will be entirely refurbished including the removal of existing floors.

“Due the location of the building it is also a desire to create a building which also offers a wow factor to people who own / rent the apartments but also create a building which preserves the existing brick elevations whilst taking advantage of the fantastic views and location.

“It is the intension that the building becomes a project which the city can be proud of as it will give the city a building which utilises and enjoys its main historic and visual assets.”

Another view of the build. Image: CK Architectural

Oddfellows Hall was finished in 1897 and has been home to Ruston Social Club, offices including William Mortimers’and most recently as a hostel.

Previous plans to turn the building into nine apartments with 61 bedrooms was approved but never acted on by the applicant.

It is not classed as listed but is located on the edge of a City of Lincoln Conservation area.

Plans for 163 new homes on Hemswell Cliff have been submitted to West Lindsey District Council.

Sarah and Hannah Duguid have applied to the authority’s planning committee for approval of reserved matters on land to the south of the A631.

Ronald Duguid was originally given outline planning permission for up to 180 homes on the land in December 2017.

However, the number has now been reduced in the latest plans.

At the time of outline approval, a design and access statement before the committee said the site would make a “valuable contribution towards meeting the need for housing in the area.”

“The overall vision is one of a distinctive yet sensitive development which complements the site and surroundings in terms of built form and landscaping,” it said.

How the site would be laid out.

Officers said it would support plans to regenerate Hemswell Cliff as a Food Enterprise Zone in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan, and that although it would take up agricultural land there was no reasonably available alternative site.

Approving the outline plans, they said: “It is concluded that there are no significant adverse impacts that would demonstrably outweigh the benefits of development.”

No new statement has appeared on West Lindsey’s website in regards to the latest plans.

A new school building will rise from the ashes of an old one as part of a major special education needs expansion for Lincoln St Christopher’s School.

Lincolnshire County Council has applied to its planning department to build a dedicated new 130-place primary school on the site of the former Priory Witham Academy Junior School, which was demolished in 2012.

Lincoln St Christophers’ original building will also be extensively redeveloped and remodelled to provide specialist secondary age education.

The revamp and build will see the schools’ total capacity increase from 200 to 333.

The development forms part of the council’s plans to create more than 500 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) places across the county which is backed by an £86 million investment.

Documents submitted to the planning department said: “Lincoln St Christopher’s School has experienced significant growth over the last few years […] and the school has accepted students beyond their physical capacity to ensure they can be educated locally.

An additional 111 places will be needed by 2023, predict the plans.

The build will sit on the site of the former Priory Witham Academy Junior School which was demolished in 2012.

“It would not be possible to expand Lincoln St Christopher’s School solely on the existing site, as there is insufficient external space to accommodate the required expansion.

“In order to increase the provision of special school places in Lincoln city and surrounding areas, the required extra special school places can only be developed on an additional site if they are to be in the correct geographical location to meet demand.”

The new primary school will include 15 classrooms, with four being specifically for “non-ambulant” pupils. There will also be therapy spaces such as sensory and soft play, a large hall and a hydrotherapy pool as well as physiotherapy and medical rooms.

A “poor, unsuitable” block of accommodation will be demolished and replaced by a two-story build of classroom spaces, a new large hall with changing facilities and specialist medical room.

The schools main entrance will be relocated and staff facilities will be provided on the first floor.

Lincolnshire County Council said the new facilities will enable the school to provide a wider range of needs.

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