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Lincoln gets the Prince Charles treatment - images

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The Prince of Wales Foundation's increasingly powerful role in masterplanning is set to greatly increase when the organisation reveals yet another mammoth urban design exercise.

The traditionalist lobby group will tomorrow unveil a masterplan for central Lincoln that is being billed as a regeneration initiative for a 'sustainable city'.

The news comes just a week after it emerged that the foundation was set to lodge a planning application this summer for a massive new town on the outskirts of Plymouth (AJ 27.04.06).

The proposal also brings in up to 20 new-build projects to be constructed over the forthcoming years in the city.

The council and the foundation are using these 'before and after' images of one of the city's more run-down streets to market the masterplan.

The proposals aim to completely transform the city centre in a bid to make it an economic driver for the East Midlands.

Prince's Foundation chief executive Hank Dittmar said he was delighted with the work undertaken by his organisation.

'It became very clear at our workshops that the ancient strengths of Lincoln - the enduring relationship between the city's culture, governance and commerce and its physical relationship with the hill and river - have been undermined by the railway line, flyover roads and new government buildings and shopping centres which impede the flow of people and traffic through the city and wall it off from the river,' he said.

by Ed Dorrell

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