Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Councillors sitting on the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee have tonight approved the principle of the Lindongate scheme, a major project which will transform the city centre and create a brand new transport interchange.
Applicant and landowner Lincolnshire Co-operative has welcomed the committee’s decision to grant outline planning permission for the project.
Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “We have continued to work on the Lindongate scheme because we believe it will bring many benefits for people who live, work and shop in Lincoln city centre. We’re pleased that the planning committee has agreed the principle of Lindongate.
“Lindongate will breathe new life into an important part of the city centre, it will create jobs and more retail and leisure facilities. The new transport interchange is something that Lincoln needs and we were pleased to get positive feedback on this after our public consultation last year.
“We will now continue to work alongside our partners to bring this scheme forward.”
Agent Banks Long & Co has been leading the scheme on behalf of Lincolnshire Co-op, working with planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners and architects Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare.
The main features of the current Lindongate plan are:
• 300,000 sqft of new retail space including a department store and additional shop units.
• 850 to 900 city centre car parking spaces.
• New riverside restaurants with apartments above.
• A modern transport interchange which would see the current bus station replaced with a new facility next to Lincoln Central train station.
• A new high quality footbridge link connecting Tentercroft Street and the Sincil Bank area with the city centre.
In 2011, another public consultation was held on Lindongate so that people could have their say on changes made to the plan since the submission of the original application in 2008.
During the re-consultation, many people came and viewed the plans in person and the Lindongate website had more than 1,000 visitors. Of those who submitted comments 92 per cent were positive.
Following tonight’s approval, the next stage of the work will be to meet the planning conditions set down by the council. Details of a Section 106 agreement will also have to be drawn up and agreed before a decision notice is issued.
Negotiations are continuing with interested development partners and prospective new retail tenants. These will form the basis of the detailed planning applications that will then be needed for specific parts of the project. Further public consultations will take place as these detailed applications come forward.
Banks Long & Co Partner Peter Banks said: “Lincoln is fortunate that despite the economic climate, and the pressures on retailers generally, there are still national names keen to find the right space in the city centre.
“There is a lot more to do before work can start on site but by granting outline planning permission, the City of Lincoln Council has enabled us to take a massive step forward with this project.”
Lincolnshire Co-op hopes that within the next six months it can appoint a new development partner, which would manage and deliver the scheme.
The earliest phase of work likely to commence would be the proposed new footbridge over the railway from the Tentercroft Street car park, by arrangement with Network Rail and East Midlands Trains.