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River Island in new bid to demolish two shops in Lincoln's High Street

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 20, 2011

  • The new artist's impressions for 200/201 High Street, Lincoln.

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Plans to pull down two High Street shops and build a new glass fronted River Island store on the site in Lincoln have been resurrected.

As reported in the Echo, an application to demolish 200/201 High Street, which houses Next and Sundance Fair Trade, was received by the City of Lincoln Council.

A further application for a new three-storey River Island fashion store in its place was also submitted.

The non-listed building does not offer disabled access and is considered unsuitable for modern retail.

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But the council's planning committee rejected both proposals in August on the grounds that the design is not appropriate for the conservation area.

A revised scheme has now been put forward incorporating window surrounds from the existing building and natural stone to "reduce the dominance of the glass frontage".

The scheme is to be decided at a City of Lincoln Council planning meeting at The Lawn on Monday.

Sundance has recently opened a new store in Bailgate and the lease on its High Street store expires at the end of this year. Next has previously said it is looking for alternative city centre accommodation.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  October 20 2011, 1:10PM

    The new building looks good, but it will be a shame to lose Next. I know they have another stoe, but I for one am not going to walk all the way out to that shed on Tritton Road every time I want to buy a t-shirt.

  • bigyellabelly  |  October 20 2011, 12:53PM

    Not appropriate for the area...? Be serious, it's just across from Barclays!!! As an information aside they wont move to Somerfield as it is away from their 'market' and they will want to be close to competitors, not away from them.

  • tobyrug  |  October 20 2011, 12:43PM

    Why don't they save on a expensive renovation/conversion that'll disrupt shoppers by moving to the newly vacated Somerfield site further down the High Street? In marketing terms they would surely be at a advantage by moving further away from other direct competitors in their current vicinity.

  • conorth  |  October 20 2011, 11:56AM

    if the building is in a conversation area why did the council aloud Primark to build there modern store on the high street? I'm in favour of the new building because i like to see modern building next to historic ones as it shows the history of architecture through the city. Also I've been in next and its so cramp you can hardly move.

  • madowl71  |  October 20 2011, 9:58AM

    Sorry echo, bit misleading with the pictures! The 3rd one showing the current store is NOT the building they are looking to demolish - my name would be 1st on the list of objections if it was!

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