Plans have been submitted to convert Lincoln’s House of Fraser site into a hotel and retail scheme.
Plans were submitted to City of Lincoln Council for a new 150-bedroom hotel to be developed on the site converting the existing two storey building to five storeys and include a 80,686 sq ft of internal space.
Halifax Pension Nominees secured the permission for the scheme when the council planning committee met remotely yesterday (20 May)
The new build will support 35 full time job roles and 20 part time positions alongside at least 10 housekeeping jobs.
In addition, between 49 and 66 full-time equivalent jobs will be created for the retail space and 90 construction roles will be supported.
A council document published ahead of the meeting stated: “The proposals represent an opportunity to address an identified need for a lifestyle hotel and mixed-use scheme of the highest quality at a prominent location in the heart of the city centre and conservation area, whilst securing a long term future for this prominent site and impacting positively on the city centre economy.
“The public realm would be improved with the creation of a landscaped area and enhanced movement through the re-opening of St Peter’s Passage, linking High Street and Mint Lane and assisting the development in integrating into the wider townscape.”
It added: “Whilst the development would impact on the historic environment, the harm is considered to be less than substantial. Officers consider that there is a clear and convincing justification for this harm which is outweighed by the significant public benefits offered by the proposed scheme.
“On balance, therefore, it is considered, that, notwithstanding the very considerable weight that must be given to preserving the setting of the conservation area, the harm caused would be less than substantial and would be outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme and therefore meet the requirements set out in paragraph 196 of the NPPF.”