Development

Lincoln’s Abbey Medical Practice has been given the go ahead for major expansion plans.

The Monks Road GPs told the City of Lincoln Council it needed to be upgraded to create additional capacity, a more welcoming patient environment, and greater accessibility for disabled patients and staff.

The proposals will see a number of first floor residential flats converted while a two storey rear extension, including a new secure car park, will be built.

The result will be four new consulting rooms, two treatment rooms and further associated facilities, as well as lift and stair access to all levels.

In the face of COVID-19, documents before the authority also explained how separate entrances and dedicated room allocated as “red zones” will be created to prevent cross-contamination.

They said: “The proposed scheme will connect seamlessly with its surroundings and architecture with careful detailing complimenting but not replicating the local area and appearance.

An artist’s impression of the GP medical practice’s extension and secure car park.

“[It] provides a design solution that takes into account the sensitive nature of the site.

“Whilst three small residential units are lost through this redevelopments, these are of low quality and it is necessary to facilitate the scheme.

“The client would not be able to deliver the additional facilities without this loss.”

Work started on improvements to pedestrianise part of Tower Esplanade in Skegness this month thanks to a £750,000 government grant.

Significant progress has already been made on the pedestrianisation over the last few weeks and to improve the alternative car park entrance to Princes Parade.

This would improve connectivity in the town centre, as well as open up new areas for cycling and walking.

It will also boost passing trade for businesses. Work should be completed by Good Friday 2021.

Tower Esplanade’s recent lighting improvements.

The latest money will also be backed by additional funding from East Lindsey District Council.

As part of the Towns Deal, 100 towns across the UK were also identified and asked to bid for up to £25 million each.

Mablethorpe and Skegness combined their efforts under the banner of the Connected Coast Board and the plans were submitted for each town at the end of October.

Skegness bid for £24,941,885 (with match funding of £19,620,980). Mablethorpe bid for £25 million (with match funding of £13,544,507).

A decision will be announced in the first week of February where towns will find out the total amount of funding they will receive.

A successful bid could also see money go towards a replacement for the Colonnade at Sutton-on-Sea and a Campus for Future Living at Mablethorpe, which will see health, education and leisure all combined in a multi-use building.

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chair of the Connected Coast Board, said: “We’re so pleased to see this project starting thanks to an Accelerated Fund Grant of £750,000 for Skegness, which has enabled us to fast-track one of Towns’ Fund projects.”

Steve Andrews, Centre Manager at Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness, said: “At Hildreds, we are also looking forward to the further planned investment through the Towns Fund.

“Skegness has performed slightly ahead of the national average for footfall in terms of retail, which was better than expected. We therefore hope that as the global pandemic abates, we will be able to welcome even more people to Skegness in a safe and secure way.”

As part of a wider programme of planned development of the Skegness Foreshore, a planning application was recently submitted to develop by East Lindsey District Council to develop a new high-quality holiday lodge scheme.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Town Deal Board joined similar organisations in Skegness, Mablethorpe, Boston and North East Lincolnshire in bidding for nearly £25 million each for projects.

Developers have submitted plans for the next phase of a 1,100-home development in a Lincoln village.

Countryside Properties has applied to North Kesteven District Council to build 70 houses as part of the major proposals in Witham St Hughs on land east of Camp Road and north of Hannah Crescent – the masterplan of which was approved in 2016.

The latest section, which would include shared ownership and affordable rented properties, would be built in a 1.81 hectare section noted as “Cell 2B” and would include a mix of 31 two-bedroom, 35 three-bedroom and 4 four-bedroom homes.

In documents before the authority, the developers said the plans would “create housing choice and new amenity spaces for the existing and new community”.

The master plans courted controversy in 2018 when councillors approved £500,000 health contributions for the 1,100 houses and 150 retirement homes despite concern about having no healthcare facility in the village.

The masterplan for the development in Witham St Hughs.

At the time, Lincolnshire West CCG released its strategy for Witham St Hughs, in which it said a small GP surgery in the village would be unviable and unattractive to any potential provider.

The strategy revealed that the NHS would use the applicant’s money to create a community care hub at the Richmond Medical Centre in North Hykeham.

Where the latest phase fits into the masterplan.

In the end, council bosses agreed that the demand for a surgery in the village would “not be sustainable”.

A full list of demands in the end included hundreds of thousands of pounds towards education, bus services and community facilities, as well as the provision of playing fields.

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