29th September, 2020
City of Lincoln Council recently granted planning consent for a 4* lifestyle hotel led, mixed use scheme following unanimous support from Members at Planning Committee. Quod’s Leeds team, acting on behalf of Patrizia, managed the application through pre-application discussions, design review and community engagement, to negotiating the consent.
The redevelopment involves the replacement of the House of Fraser store in the City Centre, with a 150 bed hotel, including bar, restaurant, conferencing space alongside flexible retail units facing High Street. The scheme, designed by Sheppard Robson, has had to pay specific and careful consideration to the heritage setting of the site. Being in the City Centre of Lincoln, heritage and archaeology were key planning considerations. Quod led the project team through negotiations with heritage stakeholders, demonstrating the extensive public benefits, and securing the consent with favourable conditions. Quod successfully negotiated away any Section 106 obligations and nor was there any Community Infrastructure Levy liability.
The scheme is a commercial response to the changing nature and function of high streets and the retail sector, and is one of many city (and town) centre repurposing schemes we are advising on. In the face of COVID-19, and the likely economic and social impacts to be experienced by many, this consent shows that there is confidence in the future of cities and high streets.