Venue: Meeting Room G.01, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
R. Gill (Chair), Cllr M. Unsworth, N. Feldmann (LRSA), Rev R. Curtis (LDAC), P. Ellis (LVS), P. Draper (RICS), L. Blood (IHBC)
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 21st September 2016 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director, Planning, Transportation and Economic Development submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) CORN EXCHANGE / OUTDOOR MARKET
Construction of a screen to r/o Corn Exchange, refurbishment of existing Outdoor Market
The panel supported the proposal, stating that the proposed works would improve the overall appearance of the Market, having a positive impact upon the setting of the Corn Exchange (grade II* listed building) and enhancing the character and appearance of the Market Place Conservation Area.
They agreed that the proposed screen to the rear of the Corn Exchange was the correct approach, screening the services of the building and that the screen, due to its size, scale & design, will have a positive impact upon the setting of the listed building. They noted that the materials proposed were well thought out and would complement the palette of materials within the Market area.
With regards to the changes to the existing outdoor market, they welcomed the improvements and had no objection to relocating the Duke of Rutland statue (grade II listed) to Cheapside.
B) MOLLY O’GRADY’S PH, HOTEL STREET
Planning Application 20161964 Listed Building Consent 20161965
Creation of terrace to rear of building, facing new square
The construction of a terrace to the rear of the public house (grade II listed) was supported by the panel, as it would enhance the setting of the listed building and improve the activity within the new public space.
They accepted the palette of materials for the terrace and the proposed works to The Jetty.
There was a suggestion that the retaining wall to the terrace would benefit from more detailing (i.e. seating in front of the wall) however, they did appreciation the reasons for this not being included by the Council.
C) 88-90 RUTLAND STREET
Construction of a single storey exhibition space to front of site, with 2-storey display hoarding above; construction of stacked car parking system to rear
The panel accepted the principle of the car park proposal, welcoming the introduction of a structure into the undeveloped site and the removal of the visual gap within the streetscene.
However, they did raise concerns over the design of the structure proposed and in particular the quality of construction, noting that the poor standard of materials made the proposal look temporary. This was considered a missed opportunity, as the works could have a real positive impact upon the setting of Makers Yard (grade II listed) and the character and appearance of the St Georges Conservation Area.
The panel liked the idea of the ground floor exhibition space for Makers Yard, but wondered whether it was necessary for a hoarding above, questioning the material and the potential changeable design. They raised the idea of building a more substantial building on the street frontage, with upper floor uses.
There were no objections over the applicant’s proposal to install a car stacking system to the rear of the site, appreciating its need as part of the conversion of 37-43 Rutland Street (grade ... view the full minutes text for item 8.