The University of Lincoln has officially submitted revised plans for a £20 million development of the Riseholme campus near Lincoln.
A new Centre of Excellence in agri-food at its Holbeach site and a heritage education facility and 180 new homes will be part of the revised and scaled down plan. Originally, they planned to build 750 homes earlier this year when consulting the public.
The new investment will support agri-tech research at the university which brings together specialisms in life sciences, computer science, engineering and food manufacturing. A residential community of up to 180 homes on developed land will release capital for investment in the new teaching and research facilities.
Following responses and feedback in the consultation which have been used to inform the planning application, the university chose to reduce the number of previously planned new homes from 750 to 180.
There are also plans to develop a new sports hub, including field sport pitches, a club house and pavilion with changing facilities, and an all-weather pitch. A new on-campus heritage centre will also be built in the site’s medieval village and ancient burial ground, which will exhibit archaeological finds from the area and showcase work from the University of Lincoln’s School of History and Heritage.
The university is dedicated to supporting the county’s agriculture and food manufacturing industries through education, training and world-class research. Both campuses located at Riseholme and Holbeach are key to this, as they offer valuable resources for pursuing innovative research in technologies such as ‘smart-farming’ and autonomous robotic systems.
The Holbeach application proposes a research and development facility to complement the existing National Centre for Food Manufacturing, which is currently in the UK-wide food industry as a specialist training facility and is home to cutting-edge food manufacturing technologies and research projects.
The new Centre of Excellence in Agri-food will house food microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a high-tech test kitchen and sensory suite. There will also be accommodation for seminars and business networking events as well as a learning resource centre.
Bishop Burton College are the current tenants of the Riseholme campus and were joined by local councillors and farmers in objecting to the site’s redevelopment stating that the plans would destroy opportunities that are currently in place for young people. Bishop Burton’s lease expires in 2020, after which construction should begin.