Lincoln 'transport and infrastructure led' regeneration scheme approved

Plans have been approved for a 'transport and infrastructure led project' to regenerate Lincoln city centre, including a new integrated transport hub and improved pedestrian links.

An artist's impression of the finished scheme
An artist's impression of the finished scheme

The full planning application sought permission for the demolition of the city’s existing bus station buildings, existing pedestrian footbridge between St Mary’s Street and the Tentercroft Street car park, and the erection of a new bus station, a multi-storey car park, a new pedestrian footbridge over the railway, two four storey buildings comprising 6,250 square metres of ground floor retailing with flats and offices, along with a revised layout of roads and accesses, landscaping of the public realm.

The development supersedes a previous retail-led scheme, known as Lindongate, which was approved by Lincoln City Council in 2012.

A planning report on the latest application said that the Lindongate scheme "was very much a retail led regeneration proposal which saw a mixed use for the area with transport improvements as secondary elements.

"This current application is led by the City of Lincoln council and shifts the emphasis towards a transport and infrastructure led project which in turn would prompt regeneration of the area."

The report said that the latest proposal would have some negative impacts on local heritage assets but "these have been judged to be less than substantial harm."

"It is considered that significant public benefits will flow from the proposed development in accordance with national policy. With the necessary conditions … it is considered that the proposed development would be in accordance with national and local planning policy and deliver a development which would benefit the city.

"The proposed development would provide a comprehensive transport solution for the city incorporating a new bus station, pedestrian/platform footbridge and multi-storey car park as well as significant improvements to the public realm in this area of the city", the report concluded.

The scheme would be delivered by the city council in partnership with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), the Department for Transport, Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.

The council said it hoped that work would start on site in spring 2016.

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