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Lincoln Development Approved on Appeal

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The development of a 47-bed block of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Lincoln looks set to move forward after the government approved the plans.

Landlord Charlie Creane has been given the green light to demolish The Golden Cross pub in lower High Street after taking the application through the appeal process.

Councillors refused the application on the grounds it was not in keeping with the area and nearby Queen Street.

However, overturning the ruling, the government's planning inspector said he was satisfied that the building would not have an impact on the character of the area.

Matthew Woodward commented: "I am satisfied that whilst the proposed building would be prominent in views along Queen Street, a feasible design response exists so as to ensure it would not overwhelm the street to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area."

Mr Woodward also argued that while the current building displays some architectural interest, there was nothing to suggest it has "anything more than limited historical significance".