Venue: Presentation Suite, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
S. Eppel (LCS), Cllr M. Unsworth, L. Blood (IHBC), N. Feldmann (LRSA), C. Walker,
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 February 2018 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) LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
A presentation was made by Josh McCosh (van Heyningen and Haward Architects).
B) WELFORD ROAD, FREEMENS COMMON AND PUTNEY ROAD, NIXON COURT
Planning Applications 20180562 & 20180450
The panel were broadly supportive of the scheme as they considered it would result in benefits to the condition of the listed building and its immediate setting without damage to longer views of other heritage assets.The proposed rear extension to the listed building and new landscaping were supported.
There was some debate regarding the height for the proposed multi-storey carpark and concerns were raised regarding the materials for it and how it would relate to the listed cottages, with questions raised regarding the durability of the metal and whether images submitted captured the likely appearance of the elevational treatmentand its visual impact on the listed building from a range of locations. More detail was desired in terms of the treatment in terms of its detailing, pattern, profile and application
They did not object to the scale of the wider development and were keen for it to integrate fully with the wider area. It was noted that the teaching & learning building was well-designed, with good detail and proportions.
C) FLEET HOUSE, FLEET STREET
Planning Application 20172677 & 20172678
DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS; CONSTRUCTION OF 10 AND 11 STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING 210 FLATS (74 X 1 BED; 136 X 2 BED) (CLASS C3); ANCILLARY COMMUNAL ANCIALLRY FACILITIES; 238 SQM OF FLEXIBLE SPACE TO BE USED FOR A RANGE OF USES (CLASS A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1A); 163 SQM OF LEISURE (GYM) USE (CLASS D2); LANDSCAPING AMENITY SPACE; NEW VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS & DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS; CONSTRUCTION OF 8 AND 11 STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING 227 FLATS (111 X 1 BED; 89 X 2 BED; 27 X STUDIOS); ANCILLARY USES COMPRISING:COMMUNAL FACILITIES; 71 SQM OF STORAGE USE (CLASS B8) AND CRECHE (CLASS D1); LANDSCAPING AMENITY SPACE; NEW VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS
The panel were strongly opposed to both schemes as they would harm the significance of the Local Heritage Asset and collectively involve the total loss of the Local Heritage Asset. They raised attention to the awkward relationship between the two proposed developments, such that if only one was to be approved, the junction with the retained building elements in the other plot would be problematic – both practically and visually. They confirmed that they did not have an objection to the loss of later extensions and that their primary concern was the oldest part of the existing building – particularly the front wing.
They were critical of the quality of the visual material provided and argued that this made assessment more challenging. They raised concern with the scale of the proposed new builds, but felt more detailed comments would not be appropriate in the absence of better quality material, such as accurate 3d visuals.
D) LEE CIRCLE, CITY INDUSTRIAL UNITS
Planning Application 20180097
DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION OF 7-11 STOREY BUILDING WITH 143 FLATS (14 X STUDIO, ... view the full minutes text for item 64.