Venue: Meeting Room G.02, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
S. Eppel (LCS), P. Draper (RICS), C. Hossack (LIHS), C. Sawday
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business to be discussed.
The Minutes of the meeting held on15th August 2018 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director, Planning, Development and Transportation submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) 19 ST JOHNS ROAD
Planning Application 20181776
CHANGE OF USE FROM SURGERY (CLASS D1) TO HOUSE (1 X 3BED) (CLASS C3); DEMOLITION OF SIDE EXTENSION AND GARAGE TO CONSTRUCT A DETACHED THREE STOREY DWELLING (1X 4 BED) (CLASS C3); ALTERATIONS
There were no objections over the change of use of the original building back to residential or the proposed demolition of the single storey link and garage, with the panel accepting that this was an opportunity for an infill development, subject to appropriate size, scale and design.
The principle of a 3-storey development, with a matching front building line was considered appropriate, whilst the proposal for a contemporary design was considered to be the correct approach.
The panel did however raise concerns over the level of detail provided within the application, commenting that the lack of a wider streetscene elevation made it difficult to appreciate how the new build would sit within the streetscene, in particular its relationship with 15 & 17 St Johns Road.
Concerns were also raised over a number of design features proposed, as the square windows to the ground floor and proposed stringcourses are at odds with the overall vertical design of the building. The panel did appreciate the proposal for the upper floor windows to project from the building line, breaking up the elevation, but were concerned over how this detailing would be achieved; the submission of detailed window cross-sections was recommended to address this.
It was also felt that the lack of a boundary treatment / soft landscaping was a missed opportunity and that this should be requested in order to improve the appearance of the frontage.
In summary, although the panel agreed with the general principle of the proposal, it was felt that the design of the new build needed further work before it could be supported in order to ensure that the proposed development would sit comfortably within the streetscene, complementing the existing high quality building stock.
B) 38 WELFORD ROAD, SITE OFF MARLBOROUGH STREET
Planning Application 20181702
CONSTRUCTION OF 4 STOREY BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL UNIT (CLASS A1 AND A2) AND 17 APARTMENTS (7 X 1 BED, 9 X 2 BED, 1 X 3BED) (CLASS C3)
The panel accepted the proposed development, stating that it was of an appropriate size, scale and design for the location and would preserve the setting of the adjacent designated heritage assets.
It was however recommended that the applicant improves the active frontage to the ground floor, Marlborough Street elevation. To achieve this, it was recommended that the applicant introduces glazing to the mailroom (instead of the brick feature panel).
C) 176 - 178 HIGHCROSS STREET
Planning Application 20181102
REFURBISHMENT OF TWO RETAIL UNITS ON GROUND FLOOR AND BASEMENT; FORMATION OF RESIDENTIAL LOBBY; CHANGE OF USE OF FIRST FLOOR RETAIL (CLASS A1) TO RESIDENTIAL AND EIGHT STOREY EXTENSION TO CREATE 36 RESIDENTIAL UNITS (27X 1BED, 9X STUDIO) (CLASS C3)
Strong objections were raised by the panel to the proposal, as the scheme ... view the full minutes text for item 80.