Venue: Meeting Room G.03, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
R. Gill (Chair), S. Eppel (LCS), L. Blood (IHBC), C. Sawday
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 11th April 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) ALBION STREET, BLACK BOY
A presentation was made by Ian Palmer of Staniforth Architects.
B) DE MONTFORT MEWS
Planning Application 20180528
DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS; CONSTRUCTION OF THREE / FOUR STOREY BUILDING TO PROVIDING 91 STUDENT STUDIO FLATS (SUI GENERIS)
The proposal to reduce the height of the building to 3-storey (from the street) was welcomed by the panel, as this addressed concerns over the previous application and the view that it was overdevelopment of the site.
It was considered regrettable that the recessed top floor (from the previous scheme) was removed, as the removal of a ‘normal’ floor would have resulted in a building of better visual interest. They did however accept that the approach proposed was probably due to viability considerations.
Although the panel accepted the general design of the scheme, it was felt that the larger window openings to the end bays, upper floors (above the entrances) appeared squat and that they would benefit from further vertical subdivision.
C) 22 UPPERTON ROAD, LEICESTER COLLEGE BEDE ISLAND CENTRE
Planning Application 20180530
CHANGE OF USE FROM OFFICES (CLASS B1) TO STUDENT FLATS; PART DEMOLITION; CONSTRUCTION OF 3-4 STOREY DETACHED BUILDING AND EXTENSION. TO PROVIDE 45 X 1 BED STUDIO FLATS. (SUI GENERIS) & INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS TO GRADE II LISTED BUILDING
The panel accepted the principle of the proposal, raising no objections to the construction of two new residential blocks, conversion of the curtilage listed building or demolition of the late-C20th single storey building.
A 4-storey block fronting Upperton Road and a 3-storey building fronting Bruce Street were considered to be acceptable heights for both streets. It was however recommended that the 4-storey block should have a matching mock-mansard top floor (as per the 3-storey block), as this would add visual interest and break-up the massing.
It was considered that the view from the principal grade II listed former school was important and that as the gable ends of both new blocks were likely to remain visible for a number of years, that the blank elevations needed revising; it was suggested that a number of window openings to match the front elevations should be proposed.
The panel would like the Council to carefully control through conditions the material of the mock-mansard roof, as this material would determine the successfulness of the scheme. It was also recommended that all original windows to the converted curtilage listed building should be retained, with new windows to match the existing.
D) 39-41 CASTLE STREET
Planning Application 20180604
DEMOLITION OF EXISTING TWO STOREY OFFICE BUILDING (CLASS B1) AND REDEVELOPMENT OF SITE TO PROVIDE A PART 3, PART 4, AND PART 5 STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING 20 CLUSTER FLATS (122 STUDENT BEDROOMS) AND 3 X 1 BED STUDENT STUDIO FLATS) (SUI-GENERIS).
There are no concerns over the demolition of the existing C20th office building and the redevelopment of the site for residential accommodation.
Although the site was noted to be in a sensitive location, adjacent to multiple highly-graded heritage ... view the full minutes text for item 68.