Venue: City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
D. Martin (LRGT), M. Richardson (RTPI), M. Davies (DMU)
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 on 18th August are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) Charter Street, Kapital Buildings
Planning Application 20200293
Demolition of industrial building (Class B1/B2). Construction of six storey hotel with 110 bedrooms (Class C1). Change of use from industrial (Class B1/B2) and single storey roof top extension to mixed use to include children’s play area, bowling alley, conference/banqueting suite, gym (Class E) and 14 x 2 bed residential/live work units. Car parking. (amended plans) (s106 agreement).
B) 115 Aylestone Road
Planning Application 20211974
Construction of 3, 5 and 6 storey purpose-built student accommodation comprising student studios and cluster flats (student bedrooms) (Sui Generis); communal area; landscaping and parking
The panel concluded that the scheme adequately relates to the existing Grade II* Listed Church and the Grade II Listed former rectory, in massing and materiality, with no damage to the setting of these heritage assets. The stepped down height was particularly appreciated. It was also concluded that there will be no impact on the special significance of the Grade II Listed gates to the former Cattle Market as derived form their setting.
However, concerns were raised over the pronounced rise in height of the complex as viewed from the open cricket ground, impacting the setting of the locally listed Sports Pavilion. It was requested that the massing and composition or the proposed scheme are reconsidered, with special consideration of the impact on the important open space of the cricket ground and the non-designated heritage asset. The members requested that an AVR looking across the cricket ground towards the new build is submitted.
Some members expressed concerns over the ‘grim’ appearance of the grey blocks, due to the use of grey brickwork in conjunction with dark brown or grey cladding.
C) Aylestone Road, Gas Site
Planning Application 20212095
Demolition of single storey office building (Class E); construction of two storey office building (Class E); alterations
The members considered the scheme to be acceptable in its context. They noted that the new building will be barely visible from the immediate setting of the Grade II Listed assets, as well as the main highway, and will not affect the group legibility of the heritage assets on site. The design and ... view the full minutes text for item 184.