A SCHEME to build a mosque and housing on the site of the old Boultham Park Dairy in Lincoln has won outline planning permission.
Lincolnshire Co-operative Society, which owns the land, has also been granted full planning permission so that Lidl supermarket can relocate there from St Mark’s, creating between 15 and 20 jobs.
About 140 car parking spaces are proposed for the site. The supermarket and mosque will be accessed via Dixon Street and the housing via Boultham Park Road.
The Islamic Association of Lincoln is now looking to submit a more detailed plan for its place of worship.
Members of the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee this evening voted eight-to-two in favour of the hybrid application.
A number of objections were received from members of the public in relation to the application. Many of these stated that any use other than light industry or business would be contrary to the Local Plan.
However, while the Local Plan supports the principle of using the site for business and industry, it does not restrict development of the site to those uses alone, therefore the application does not contradict with local planning policy.
Importantly, no harm to the amenity of local residents or highway safety was demonstrated from the development. The site will change in character from its current vacant state, but the impact of the proposed mix of uses did not in any way warrant refusing planning permission.
Councillor Peter West, chairman the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee, said: "It is the opinion of the committee that the mixed use scheme proposed by Lincolnshire Co-op on this site is appropriate. Before coming to its conclusion, the committee considered the views of statutory consultees and professional advice that the impact in terms of traffic generation, impact on residential amenity and flood risk – especially when compared to the impact of the dairy that once stood on the site – would be acceptable.
"The committee carefully considered the views and concerns expressed by local residents, but did not consider that the development would cause harm that could warrant the refusal of planning permission.
"It’s important that we take the opportunity to develop sustainable brownfield sites like this. The development will provide much needed housing for the city and further the retail offer in the area, as well as potentially giving our Muslim community a permanent place of worship, for which they have been waiting a long time."