4th May 2005




A bold plan to create a new sustainable rural community at Riseholme is being formulated by the University of Lincoln.


The university hopes to restore the ancient settlement, which was abandoned in the Middle Ages, by creating a new village south of the original site and adjacent to the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.


The development would release sufficient funds to allow the university to complete its main Brayford Pool campus by 2010, thus giving Lincoln a fully operational institution which will be recognised for its quality and distinction. 


Without such an injection of funds the process of completing Lincoln’s university could take decades.


Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, outlined his ideas to staff at the Riseholme Park campus and members of Riseholme Parish Council yesterday (Tuesday).


The plans envisage a new village south of the university campus connected to Lincoln via sustainable transport links and a farm shop incorporating the existing commercial centre.


“Our vision for Riseholme is of a centre of academic excellence within a sustainable community with its own identity,” said Professor Chiddick.


“Our plans for Riseholme will boost the local economy while protecting the environmental and archaeological features of the site.


“This will be a village, not an extension to the city, and the design of the development

will be of the highest standard.”


Extensive investigation work has been undertaken by the university to ensure that the proposed site for the village is in the best location ecologically, historically and environmentally.


Plans are at an early stage but the university intends to work with partners, the local authorities and local stakeholders to formulate an outline planning application.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk