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Decision Looms for Lincoln Scheme

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A decision on plans to build 295 student bedrooms in Lincoln is due imminently.

The proposal was submitted by Bishop Grosseteste University in November 2019 and could lead to the construction of new student accommodation, as well as a three-storey block that will provide additional teaching space.

If approved, the university would need to purchase unused land next to Yarborough Leisure Centre car park from the council to help build the development.

Despite objections from locals, the authority's planning committee has been advised to approve the plans.

According to the university, the new accommodation would help improve its housing offer, with additional facilities required to meet its targets.

It said: "In addition to meeting the demands for teaching space, BGU have recognised the need to improve their offer for student accommodation."

"In order to meet targets, a significant rise in the number of student bedrooms is required, but available space is limited on campus."

"The acquisition of the site on Riseholme Road is linked to this need to support up to 300 additional students in university managed accommodation."

"This will drastically increase BGU's ability to support students moving to Lincoln to study, while also reducing the load on the available residential space, both in the local area and city centre, through a reduction in the current use of smaller satellite accommodation units."