Venue: City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
C. Jordan (LAHS), R. Lawrence (Vice Chair), D. Martin (LRGT)
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 19th January 2022 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.
The Panel made comments on a pre-app scheme.
B) 15 Carisbrooke Road
Planning Application 20220007
Construction of two 2.5 storey detached dwellings (2x5 bed) (Class C3); new access and associated infrastructure
The site is located in the Knighton Conservation Area.
The panel noted that this was the only point on Carisbrooke Road where the parkland/less built-up aspect of the Conservation Area character is retained. Although the panel queried whether there was a policy against building in gardens, it was noted that development has taken place in gardens in the last decade. The panel discussed the close proximity of the two buildings and felt that from certain angles they would read as one building surrounded by greenery, which was broadly welcomed. The points the panel felt needed further consideration were the boundary treatment and the retention of existing trees.
The boundary treatment was not considered to be in keeping with the character of the Conservation Area. The panel recommended that the amount of brick and the square piers were replaced by a more open transparent treatment. They referred to examples of the gates at Herrick House and the more subtle relationship that presently exists between the mature hedge and existing fencing at the boundary to Carisbrooke Road. The panel was keen to ensure that existing trees were not removed from the site where they add to the character of the area and do not sit under the proposed building footprint. Particular concern was raised regarding the retention of tree no.10 on the plan as this is a significant tree. It is a tall and unusually shaped tree which informs the skyline. The panel welcomed the modern approach and high standard of architecture. Whilst the materials pallete did not speak to the historic materiality of the Conservation Area the panel felt it would enhance it.
The following applications were reported for Members' information but no additional comments were made.
Further details on the cases below can be found by typing the reference number into: http://rcweb.leicester.gov.uk/planning/onlinequery/mainSearch.aspx