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Petition against plans to turn a former Lincoln care home into student rooms

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

Scheme: The Unity Property Group wants to create 53 student rooms at the former Park View home off the southern end of High Street, Lincoln

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A petition has been launched against a proposal to turn a former care home into student accommodation.

Unity Property Group wants to create 53 rooms at the former Park View home off the southern end of High Street, Lincoln.

The facility, in St Botolph's Crescent, closed in September, one of eight homes to shut due to Lincolnshire County Council cuts.

Now, 30 out of 31 households in the quiet street which directly face the building have signed a petition.

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Some are threatening to move if the scheme is approved.

Resident Shaun Scott, 39, a welder, who launched the campaign, said the proposed use is out of keeping.

"We object to the loss of privacy, the likely noise and disturbance, and the fact that there's only 22 car parking spaces for 53 students.

"This will cause road safety, access and congestion problems. The proposal is simply unsuitable for the area.

"It's miles from town, there'll be taxis coming and going and people coming back from the clubs in the middle of the night."

Neighbour April O'Sullivan, 49, said: "We are not anti the university but why does it have to be turned into student flats?

"It's a shame they closed the home down.

"I think it should be turned into new homes for people on the council housing waiting list.

"If it's passed I would seriously consider moving.

"At the moment it's nice and quiet around here."

Resident Michelle Lee, 40, said she too would consider relocating.

"I don't have any problem with students but this is the wrong place for what's planned for the old care home," she said.

Simon Grace, a partner in the Lincoln-based Unity Property Group, said student accommodation is the most feasible use for the building.

"We are local developers and in any development we do we are conscious of the impact on local people," he said.

"I cannot see what else it could be used for apart from student accommodation."

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  • mathewdunn87  |  October 13 2012, 8:49AM

    i dont think it was a good idea we live on robey street and every night since the place opened we have drunken students at 3 am banging on windows and shouting, i have a 4 year old and 2 dogs they set the dogs off witch wakes up my son, i have to be up for work at 6am and its just not fair. students are noisy its a known fact what a stupid place to put there accommodation at the bottom of 2 streets full of young family's, just my opinion

  • nigelsparky  |  July 01 2012, 10:58AM

    "frodeemspooch" it's that productive toxt I'm stroogling with lol

  • FreedomSpeech  |  June 30 2012, 8:55PM

    "Flipping "smart phones" not that smart eh lol" Yeah, it was the phone's fault eh lol?

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  • mummy91  |  June 30 2012, 7:25PM

    Everywhere is turning into student accommodation nowadays... But it's getting bad when they convert a former Care Home! There are a shortage of places in Care Homes as it is. I would totally agree with some of the points raised, but there is yet MORE student accommodation being created opposite Debenhams, where there is existing accommodation only next door (above Yo-Yo's!), and that is only one street!! It wouldn't be so bad if all of them were studying worthwhile topics, but for those who go to University to pass the time of day because they're not ready to work, get student loans that they don't end up paying back because they can't get a relevant job afterwards and don't earn enough to pay it back... What is the point!?

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 30 2012, 3:26PM

    Flipping "smart phones" not that smart eh lol

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  • Yer_Nemesis  |  June 30 2012, 2:30PM

    I'm pretty sure you didn't mean 'whaling'

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 30 2012, 2:13PM

    Tim whimpole's suggestion of a mosque would go down a storm wouldn't it. You would certainly know all about traffic taxis and the noise. Wonder what the locals would think then when the whaling starts at 5:30 in the morning and then periodically throughout the day for a further 4 or 5 times. Then I think the locals would much prefer to have all those "anti-social students"

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  • Bill_Door  |  June 30 2012, 11:20AM

    I'm sure that Unity Property doesn't HAVE to turn this into student flats. There are a good number of people from other European countries that would like to live in that area, as many of them are there already. If students behave anti-socially, there is at least someone at the uni who can be approached about such behaviour. I've no idea how effective that would be but supposing instead that a group economic migrants moved in and were causing difficulty?

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  • Bob_Major  |  June 30 2012, 10:36AM

    I think the local residents may be missing something here. I used to live in the Sincil Bank area and bought my house for £6,000, back in 1980. Before the university came, it had modestly risen in value to about £30,000. When the clamour for student accommodation took off I was able to sell for £118,000. Far from potential students devaluing your properties, they could make them much more valuable to a developer.

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  • lincswhisper  |  June 30 2012, 8:51AM

    I dont think anybody is denying that some students are the future, but whether you like it or not 53 students in one building down a quiet street will certainly change the dynamic of the street. do you realise how much money that will generate per week by their standards? potentially £6,400.00 per week so of course they will be doing their best to secure it!! What has made me laugh is Simon Grace's comments about being conscious of the locals?? Has he any examples of this?

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