Venue: Meeting Room G.03, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
R. Gill, L. Blood (IHBC), C. Sawday, M. Richardson (RTPI), M. Holland (GG), Cllr M. Unsworth, N. Feldman (LRSA)
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 9th August 2017 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
Before the meeting, there was a short discussion about the proposed CAP Terms of Reference. The Chair proposed that members would look at the document and report back any comments at the next meeting.
The Director, Planning, Transportation and Economic Development submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) 223 EVINGTON LANE
Planning Application 20171381
Construction of single and two storey side extension; single storey and three storey rear extension; alterations and addition of third storey to part of existing house (class C3)
The Panel were concerned that the house would look overly dominant in relation to its plot, both in terms of height and width. The design was considered to be too flat and boxy. They did not object to the principle of demolishing the existing property and concluded it was of modest interest. They were also comfortable with a modern style for the new property, but were concerned the extent of render was oppressive and lighter touch would be more modern looking. As such they recommended more of the front elevation was given over to glazing. They also favoured more set-backs.
B) 221-223 BELGRAVE GATE
Planning Application 20170823
Four storey extension to roof of two storey mixed use building (retail unit and 8 x 1bed flats (class C3)) to create twenty flats (20 x 1bed and 13 x studio)
The panel did not feel the proposed development would preserve or enhance the setting of nearby heritage assets. The panel did not object to the principle of additional development on the site. Concerns were though raised over the proposed building height and the appropriateness of the materials. The design was not considered to be of a high quality and the lack of images showing the streetscene was considered as a point that made assessment more difficult.
C) 122-132 BELGRAVE GATE AND 1 GARDEN STREET
Planning Application 20171396
Demolition of existing buildings; one, four and seven storey block with three retails units (class A1), one warehouse (class B8) and one office (class B1) or general industrial (class B2) unit on the the ground floor and twenty flats on upper floors (4 x studios, 8 x 1bed, 6 x 2bed, 2 x 4bed) (class C3)
The panel were supportive of the principle of some development on the site and there were a variety of views as to whether the existing properties should be retained. The panel broadly agreed that the buildings were of historic interest, rather than having strong visual interest and that their current condition was heavily compromised.
The panel considered that the proposed massing worked but there was lack of relationship between the architectural detailing of the new development and its context. The panel also thought a more comprehensive scheme, featuring the whole block would be beneficial. More articulation on the side elevations was proposed and greater variety and depth in the fenestration more generally. Concern was raised over the lack of cohesiveness between the shopfronts and the upper storeys, while the appearance was ... view the full minutes text for item 44.