Venue: Meeting Room G.02, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
M. Richardson (RTPI), L. Blood (IHBC), Rev R Curtis (LDAC), D. Martin (LRGT), D. Lyne (LIHS)
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 14th December 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.
Report of the Director of Planning, Transportation and Economic Development
A) FORMER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, 57 RUTLAND STREET
Planning application 20161507
Demolition and redevelopment
The panel accepted the general design of the revised scheme, noting that it was an improvement on the original scheme. Following on from the panel’s acceptance of the massing at the December 2016 meeting, the panel welcomed the applicant introducing verticality into the elevations and the composition of the 3 elements of the building, all as requested by the panel at the previous meeting.
It was noted that the brise soliel to the tower are to be decorative, not functional. But that they are acceptable as it provides interest into the tower element of the building. The stepping down elevations along the side roads (Rutland St & Wimbledon St) was also considered acceptable, as the applicant has added variety into the elevations, suitably breaking up the massing.
The panel would like to see the ground floor amenity space at the corner of Humberstone Road & Wimbledon Street have an active frontage, whilst it was considered regrettable that the ground floor frontage to Rutland Street was primarily occupied by the service entrance/s.
Concerns were raised over the lack of detail provided with regard to the proposed palette of materials. Although there were no fundamental objections to the materials proposed, the panel would expect the application to have a greater level of detail. It was advised that officers need to carefully control the standard of materials proposed in order to confirm that the materials are of a high quality, befitting the sensitive location. Drawings confirming the depths of the elevations and how this breaks up the massing should also be provided.
B)31/2-5 WELLINGTON STREET
Planning Application 20162462
Change of use, roof top extension
The proposal was supported by the panel, as the works will have a positive impact upon the character and appearance of the streetscene and wider conservation area.
The existing shopfront is a modern addition of no visual merit, its replacement with a more sympathetic shopfront design was considered a clear enhancement.
There were no concerns over the proposed change of use of the upper floors to residential and the proposed single storey roof extension was supported, as it is of a good design and of a material palette that will complement the existing. Furthermore, it was accepted that the roof extension wouldn’t be overly prominent within the streetscene, due to the limited views along this narrow street.
C) 8-10 WEST WALK
Planning Application 20162277
Change of use, demolition, redevelopment
There are no concerns over the principle of demolishing the existing 1960s office block, as it fails to preserve the character and appearance of the area. The conversion of the existing original buildings into student accommodation and a new build in-between was also accepted in principle.
The panel did however have concerns over the size and design of the new build. It was debated as to whether 5-storey ... view the full minutes text for item 20.