Venue: Meeting Room G.03, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
R. Gill, S. Eppel (LCS), N. Stacey (LSA), C. Sawday, L. Blood (IHBC), C. Hossack (LIHS), C. Laughton
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 13th December 2017 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) NARBOROUGH ROAD, FORMER SATHYA SAI SCHOOL
A presentation was made by William Bates (Gordon White & Hood) and Dr Shafiq Shafi on the proposed conversion and extension of the former board school on Narborough Road. Following questions from the panel, the presenters left and the panel considered the scheme.
B) 1 ST ALBANS ROAD
Planning Application 20172700
PROPOSAL COMPRISES 71 STUDENT ACCOMMODATION UNITS WITH DEMOLITION TO EXISTING BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT TO REAR
The panel were supportive of the most recent alterations and felt they had addressed their concerns and were pleased to see the restoration of the ground floor bay windows into the scheme.
C) GREAT CENTRAL STREET, HIGHCROSS STREET, ALL SAINTS OPEN
Planning Application 20180144
DEMOLITION OF PERIMETER WALL; CONSTRUCTION OF A FOUR TO SEVEN STOREY BUILDING PLUS BASEMENT LEVEL TO PROVIDE 73 RESIDENTIAL UNITS (2 X STUDIO, 42 X 1 BED, 29 X 2 BED)(CLASS C3), ASSOCIATED PARKING AND WORKS
The panel had some concerns about lack of detailing of the entrance, ‘shopfront’ window on the south elevation and ventilation grilles and there was a discussion about the impact of the flank wall of the norther elevation, but overall felt the scheme was appropriate to its context.
D) 123 LOUGHBOROUGH ROAD
Planning Application 20170793
DEMOLITION OF GARAGE AND OUTBUILDING AT SIDE AND REAR; CONSTRUCTION OF DWELLINGHOUSE (3 BEDROOMS) (CLASS C3)
E) SANDACRE STREET, CAR PARK
Planning Application 20171254
CONSTRUCTION OF 298 RESIDENTIAL UNITS. BLOCK ONE: FIVE, SIX, NINE AND TWELVE STOREY'S (78 X 1 BED, 91 X 2 BED); BLOCK TWO: FIVE, SIX, ELEVEN AND THIRTEEN STOREY'S (79 X 1 BED, 50 X 2 BED) (CLASS C3). CAR PARKING, LANDSCAPING. DEMOLITION
The panel felt the level of information submitted as part of the application was not adequate to allow for a proper assessment of the proposal.
There was a debate about the appropriateness of a tall building in this location and there was some support for the contemporary palette of materials. Concerns were also raised about the relationship between the blocks and whether the new open spaces would suffer from a lack of clear role or ownership.
Overall the panel felt that the tallness of the buildings was inappropriate, in particular the central block and that based on the submitted information, it would be likely to have a harmful impact on the setting of the Church Gate Conservation Area.