Venue: City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
D. Martin (LRGT), Cllr S. Barton
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business to be discussed.
N. Feldmann declared an interest as the architect for item D (4 Knighton Road).
The Minutes of the meeting held on 16th December are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
N. Feldmann requested that, regarding “Declarations of Interest”, in addition to stating that he declared an interest as the architect for item C, it be added that he did not chair the panel while Item C was discussed.
The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
Planning Application 20201497
The Panel focused primarily on the increase of the height of the existing building with respect to the Grade II Listed Former Luke Turner Factory. Most members considered the upward extension to be excessive and over-dominant, with the effect exacerbated by the blankness of the gable abutting the Grade II Listed asset, which was considered inappropriate in its context.
Some members noted the site’s location in between the cluster of interrelated designated heritage asset (Grade II* St Andrew’s Church, Grade II Listed Vicarage and Grade II Listed Luke Turner Factory) and the building’s role in providing a somewhat neutral transition in-between these assets. Most members agreed that due to this being the case, no building in excess of three storeys should be supported for the site under consideration.
More generally, panel members commented on the somewhat arbitrary retention of existing features combined with considerable external alterations, such as a change in floor levels in respect to the existing building when viewed against the Grade II Listed asset.
B) 280 East Park Road
Planning Application 20202291
Construction of three storey dwellinghouse (2 bed) (Class C3)
The members supported the principle of an infill development, taking into consideration the current character and condition of the site. However, the Panel concluded that any new development should form an extension to the existing terrace, that is adjacent to the existing property at 280 East Park Road, with the proposed gap removed.
Members scrutinised the design of the frontage, requesting that the dormer and entrance in particular are improved, with more contextually responsive detailing throughout. They also sought clarification on the finish of the elevations and external features (e.g. where render is to be used).
Planning Application 20202598
Construction of two-storey detached dwelling (1x4 bed) (Class C3) with associated landscaping & dropped kerb; Installation of 1.8m high fence
D) 4 Knighton Road
Planning Application 20202047
Construction of single and two storey extensions at rear; alterations to house (Class C3)
The members noted the architectural quality of the building under consideration. They commented on the location of the primary changes being away from the street scene, such that they would have limited impact on the wider appearance of the Conservation Area as experienced by the general public. Whilst some members questioned the necessity of the first storey extensions, most concluded that the works will ... view the full minutes text for item 156.