Venue: Meeting Room G.03, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
N. Feldman (LRSA), L. Blood (IHBC), M. Holland (GG)
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 10th May 2017 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director, Planning, Development and Transportationsubmits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) LAND TO REAR OF 10-14 NEW STREET
Planning Application 20170967
Construction of two houses (2 x 3 bed) (class C3); associated landscaping and parking
The panel supported the principle of the proposal, accepting that the two new houses would have no adverse impact upon the conservation area, as they are hidden away from the streetscene behind the existing buildings.
Concerns were however raised over the design of the houses, with the panel wanting to see a more traditional palette of materials; the houses should be of red brick construction with slate roofs. Improved landscaping would also be welcomed.
B) GREAT CENTRAL SQUARE (GREAT CENTRAL STREET/HIGHCROSS STREET)
Planning Application 20171085
Construction of part 5 - 11-storey blocks
The proposal was welcomed by the panel as they supported the conversion of the former GCR station into an exhibition space, as the creation of an active use would secure the future preservation of the locally listed building. The removal of the parapet and its replacement with a glazed roof was supported.
There were no concerns raised over the size, scale and design of the two new buildings (2 hotels & office block) as the new builds would create a good contrast between new and old.
The panel noted that the detail of the materials would be the key to the success of the scheme and that they hoped that the exhibition space would be a fundamental part of the sites redevelopment.
C) LAND TO REAR OF 49-55 SANVEY LANE
Planning Application 20171168
Construction of a two storey dwellinghouse (1 x 3 bed) (class C3)
The majority of the panel felt that the principle of the house was acceptable and that the long-distance view of St Andrew’s Church spire wasn’t a deliberate view and as such it’s setting was unaffected.
They did however comment that the house was of a poor and basic design and that a higher standard of design should be required, due to the sites sensitive location within the Aylestone Village Conservation Area.
D) 1 ST ALBANS ROAD
Planning Application 20170973
Demolition of part of building; change of use (class A2) and erection of 5 & 6 storey rear extension to form 35 student flats (25 x studio, 10 x 5 bed) (sui generis); alterations to existing building
Although the panel accepted the principle of the proposal, there were strong concerns over the development in its current form, which would have a detrimental impact upon the historic environment.
There were concerns over the proposed changes to the ground floor of the existing building, as the new shopfront failed to relate to the architectural merits of the upper floors, harming its appearance. It was suggested that the applicant should seek to restore the original ground floor design, but in a simplified version. Concerns were also raised over whether the amount of glazing proposed would be achievable, without creating structural issues.
The panel accepted the principle of redeveloping the car park, introducing a new block ... view the full minutes text for item 36.