Developers are aiming to build new modern homes on the land next to the iconic Strelizia home on Michaelgate in Lincoln.
John O’Donohue and Tom Gumbrell have applied to the city council for permission to build “unique, bespoke dwellings” on land to the rear of 10 Steep Hill, adjacent to the Strelizia which is widely renowned as one of the most distinctive buildings in the city.
The site currently includes two derelict, single-storey, brick garages which will be demolished as part of the build, while the rest of the site has been used by residents for parking.
In a statement to the City of Lincoln council, the developers describe an initial building to the west of the site as “contemporary but using recognisable material”.
Another property, to the East, will be “a more traditional form building intended to be viewed as a discrete subservient outbuilding building linked to 10 Steep Hill”.
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The developers said: “The project has been designed to reflect the modern neighbouring developments but at the same time respond to the context and scale of the existing built forms.”
“Accounting for the degraded character of the site, the principle of it’s redevelopment, is positive, bringing about an opportunity to enhance the character and appearance of the Cathedral and city conservation area and the setting of designated heritage assets.”
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The plans have received objections from several neighbours, including David Butler, who has raised concerns that the nearby Lincoln Roman Colonia and archaeological remains could be impacted upon.
He also believes that views onto and through the surrounding conservation area – including Lincoln Cathedral – could be affected, and is concerned over the risk of structural damage to the neighbours’ property.
He said: “The applications, if approved, would result in significant harm to the local area and potentially irreversible damage to a monument of national significance.
“The impact of the development on the character of the area would be substantial, and its impact on neighbouring properties severe.
“The relatively insignificant planning gains that would be achieved through the delivery of two private dwellings would not benefit the wider area, or Lincoln as a whole, and cannot be considered to outweigh the demonstrable policy conflicts and harm, the development would result in.”
However, Strelizia home owner David Lewis, has added his support to the development, along with others to the comments on City of Lincoln Council’s website.
He said: “I am writing to give my support to this planning application which will enhance the area.”
The white and yellow Japanese-inspired Strelizia structure, based off the plant it is named after, is an entirely unique building in the historic quarter.
It boasts stunning views out over the city from several of its glass-surrounded rooms.