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Seven-storey student flats plan for Lincoln factory site

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

Vision: An artist's impression of the Studeous Contracts scheme

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A new seven-storey block of student flats could be built in Lincoln city centre.

Studeous Contracts Ltd has submitted plans to the city council for 110 student bedrooms on the site of the former bacon factory, behind the RSPCA shop, in St Marks Street.

The development would provide a mix of studios, one-bedroom flats and twin rooms, along with a laundry and common room, coffee shop and café.

If permission is granted, Studeous hopes to complete the development by July 2013.

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Nigel Simpkin, planning consultant on behalf of Studeous Contracts, said: "We are pleased to put forward proposals to deliver the regeneration of this key site in the city centre while also providing high quality student accommodation to support the university. We would not be looking to develop more accommodation in Lincoln if there was no requirement for it."

But not everyone supports the idea.

One angry city resident, who did not want to be named, said: "A building that big will be obtrusive and an eyesore.

"Surely there is room somewhere else in the city for a building such as this where it wouldn't seem so out of place.

"I welcome students into the city. Lincoln's economy would really struggle without them and they obviously need accommodation but this plan is not the way to do it.

"It is a shame to see older houses in the west end divided up into bedsits and cheap student flats so an alternative is good. But they should reconsider these plans."

The university has around 1,000 student bedrooms on campus and works closely with the owners of privately managed properties where students live.

University of Lincoln spokesperson Joni Appleton said: "It is important that there is a balanced, proportionate supply of good quality student accommodation in the city, particularly in close proximity to the Brayford Pool campus.

"We are in regular dialogue with the local authorities, landlords and private sector developers to try to achieve this.

"We are aware of the plans to redevelop the site near St Mark's and will be happy to work with the developer if this application is approved."

In November 2011, plans were submitted by the University of Lincoln to demolish a derelict single-storey building adjoining the late 19th century Pea Factory.

It was believed student flats were one possibility for a new building on the site.

Permission was granted to demolish the building but no plans have since been submitted for further development.

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  • Dr_seuss  |  June 15 2012, 8:10PM

    "One angry city resident, who did not want to be named, said: "A building that big will be obtrusive and an eyesore. Interesting. If my memory serves me correctly, there's a Debenhams across the road - 3 storey building. Raspberry village is also a large building. Sorry old chap but that argument has more holes in it than a swiss cheese! Toodle pip!

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  • Lincolnshep  |  June 15 2012, 4:33PM

    The anonymous 'angry resident' thinks this building will be 'out of place'!? Is s/he so angry than they don't have time to glance up at the other buildings on St Mark's Street? It'll fit in perfectly well and, being so close to the campus, it seems an ideal use for the land.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 14 2012, 10:50PM

    A family member lived on Newland Street West and was offered obscene amounts to sell for student accommodation. They refused, lost value in their home, but continued to put up with noise from a (non-student) neighbour. They later moved due to noise from the neighbour, and have now found that that their house is valued much more highly. The students are not the problem. To avoid NIMBY votes, agree this accommodation now.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  June 14 2012, 7:31PM

    Why should students be banished to out of town? Without the Uni, this city would be dead! All the heavy engineering has gone, all the city centre offices have gone... I live in an area which has been rather damaged by student landlords, but you can't blame the students for that. Purpose-built developments like this are the solution. I don't think people realise just how knackered Lincoln would be without the Uni.

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  • InsideStory  |  June 14 2012, 6:39PM

    Great idea lets have more built then maybe we might get more residential property's back on the market and more get rich landlords out of business.They are like vultures ready to pounce on their next meal when new students arrive in Lincoln.

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  • vendetta2011  |  June 14 2012, 1:08PM

    I thought there was going to be fewer students now that the condems have priced university education out of the reach of normal people??? If so - we do we need more student flats?

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  • DufferBadge  |  June 14 2012, 12:46PM

    Nei11_Lincoln "Seriously though, 1. People who have to work dont want students messing about til all hours (not saying they all do, Im not a student hater) but build something out of town to cater for this explosion of students, Im sure the influx of student money could pay for all this." But I don't think there is a lot of private housing where they plan to build these flats, so from that point of view I can't see there being a problem. Part of the benefit of having the university in the city is to get an influx of people spending money in the town and helping to keep open businesses that we can all use. Shifting all the students to their own ghetto would result in their not using the wider city anything like as much - which would be a detriment to us all and lead to people moaning on this website about students not mixing with the rest of Lincoln

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  • M_C_Donald  |  June 14 2012, 12:43PM

    I have no problem with this building. It replaces an eyesore and is not out of keeping with the buildings that surround it, Debenhams, The Junxion (six storey), Witham Wharf (nine storey). I can see what the problem is. The only objections posted here are for ideological and not practical reasons.

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  • eatmygoal  |  June 14 2012, 12:37PM

    Ne11, you forgot to mention in your rant about how nuclear war starts and dinosaurs rule the Earth once more.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  June 14 2012, 11:41AM

    "I think all students should be housed on the university campus and not in rented out terraced housing where they generally annoy other residents with loud music." If you made this kind of sweeping statement about other groups, based on their ethnicity, sex, sexuality, religion etc. then you'd (rightly) get slaughtered!