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Plans to turn former Lincoln care home into student flats are defended

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 09, 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 developer is seeking to further explain a proposal to turn a former care home into student living.

Unity Property Group wants to create 53 rooms at Park View, in St Botolph's Crescent, Lincoln.

But householders fear noise and traffic congestion.

However, Simon Grace, a partner in Unity, said the proposal offers the best possible use for the site.

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"The building is only suited to residential living and if it were a block of apartments there would be an increase in traffic and no control over who was living there," he said.

"The development will breath life into a redundant building and will prevent the building from falling into disrepair, not to mention enable removal of those unsightly shutters.

"We are local people, and therefore care about the city and its residents.

"Our business is creating local jobs and this site will help local businesses with the increased foot traffic locally.

"We understand the concern that traffic may be increased, however, we feel that the cars in the area will actually be significantly less than when it was run as a nursing home with the flow of visitors and staff.

"We will be providing bike racks for the students to cycle to the university."

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  • mathewdunn87  |  October 13 2012, 8:44AM

    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

  • InsideStory  |  July 09 2012, 6:35PM

    With a shortage of care home places this must be a step backwards rather than forwards.

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  • certa_cito  |  July 09 2012, 10:28AM

    How many students actually have cars? If this were turned into apartments then I think there would be more cars attached to those living there. Seems a good use of an, at present, redundant building.