‘Is it really necessary?’ – Residents question plans to flatten old warehouse to build 138 student flats
A committee will decide.
Plans to convert an old Lincoln warehouse into a number of student flats has received a mixed-reaction from residents living nearby.
New proposals to be considered by a planning committee at the City of Lincoln Council are looking to transform an old warehouse, former school buildings and a parish hall on Mint Lane off Beaumont Fee into 138 residential studios, which will be primarily aimed at those studying at university.
The building had been owned by Stokes, but the premises has since been vacated as they look to move to The Lawn.
Leeds-based Thomas Samuel Ltd want to transform the site into student accommodation, but those who live in the area are not overly joyed that more student properties could be coming to the area and feel more could be done to make it into affordable houses for first-time buyers and families.
The treasurer of the West End Resident’s Association is not completely opposed to the proposals but admits she would like to have seen more affordable homes prioritised in the development.
“We need more student homes to deal with the rising numbers, at least until they [the Government] put a cap on it,” said Sandra Lewis, 71.
“There needs to be more affordable homes but it is mostly one-bedroom properties and that isn’t what young people want.
“The student homes is on our area always used to be family homes.
“There does need to be more affordable homes but developers will only go for projects where they can make money. Therefore I think it is up to the council to build more affordable homes.”
Another resident who lives in the West Parade area, but didn’t wish to be named, added: “I live next door to students but moved into this area 15 years ago.
“Over the years, students have asked me ‘why did you move into a student area?’, when the reality is that I lived here beforehand.
“My kids have gone to university and they have said as well as others coming home that they’ve never known anything like it is with the students in Lincoln. They can be quite noisy, but that shouldn’t reflect on the university though.
“You don’t seem to get a lot of families moving in now which is a shame. I wish there was more of a balance.”
A date has not yet been set for when the committee meeting will take place.