Venue: Presentation Suite, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
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 October 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) MOLLY O’GRADY’S PH, HOTEL STREET
Planning Application 20162024 Listed Building Consent 20162025
Internal & external alterations to Listed Building; Change of Use of Public House to mixed use, ground floor restaurant / bar and upper floors hotel
The panel supported the proposal, noting that the hotel use was a good re-use of the vacant upper floors.
They accepted the proposal to introduce a new door opening into the blank gable end of the building, accessing the proposed terrace and were satisfied with its design. It was suggested that a similar design should be proposed for the new door openings on the Market Place South elevation, creating the new draft lobby.
With regard to the interior works, although the panel appreciated that much of the original historic fabric had already been lost, they were concerned over the visual images provided, and sought a simplified materials palette. It was suggested that the refurbishment should look to reinstate some local distinctiveness. They were however happy to hear that the original parquet flooring is to be retained.
B) HIGHFIELD STREET, SYNAGOGUE
Planning Application 20162096, Listed Building Consent 20162097
Internal and external alterations to Listed Building; construction of a 2-storey glazed entrance link
The principle of the proposed works was supported by the panel, as they appreciated the congregation’s desire to remain at the synagogue, but with improved facilities. It was also acknowledged that they are working within very limited space, making the proposal a very difficult task.
Although the principle of a 2-storey glazed link between the synagogue and former school room was considered acceptable, concerns were raised over the designs. It was felt that the front building line of the glazed link had an awkward junction with the existing synagogue and it was suggested that the set-back building line may need to be altered in order to create a better relationship between new and old.
Concerns were also raised over the design of the new openings to the former school room and the loss of original windows. The panel recommended that the openings are redesigned, being more sympathetic to the existing and that on the ground floor only a single opening is created, retaining one set of the original windows.
It was agreed that the general design of the glazed link, with strong vertical members breaking up the glazing could work, subject to high quality materials being proposed.
There were no concerns over the reordering of the kitchens, toilets and staircases to the rear of the former school room.
C) 364 LONDON ROAD, 12 GLENWOOD CLOSE, LAND ADJACENT
Planning Application 20161361
Concerns were raised over the principle of the proposal, as the new dwellinghouse was considered to be overdevelopment of the site. The panel were concerned that the new build would sit forward of the existing building line and that this would require a number of trees, shrubs and a hedging to be removed, harming the landscape character along the northern side of Stoughton Lane; ... view the full minutes text for item 12.