Venue: Meeting Room G.03, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
P. Ellis (VS), P. Draper (RICS), C. Sawday, C. Cross (SR)
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 16th January 2019 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) 59 FRIAR LANE
B) East Bond Street
C) 4-6 POCKLINGTON’S WALK
D) 134-140 HIGHCROSS STREET
Planning Application 20182111
Initial comments focused on the proposed development’s relationship with the schemes recently approved elsewhere within or adjacent to the All Saints Conservation Area. All major conservation concerns focused on the proposed development relationship with the Grade I Listed Church immediately to the east of the site. A more generously set back and modulated façade was advanced as a viable option to improve the relationship between the church and the new development.
In addition, the panel asked to seek amendments in regards to the building’s transition from the ground floor upwards, and the overall height immediately opposite the Grade I Listed Church. The views in regards to the top storey, aluminium clad extensions were also framed in terms of excessive visibility as currently stands. More information in regards to the external material palette were requested to appropriately assess the actual impact of the new development on the Grade I Listed Church and the streetscape of the All Saints Conservation Area.
E) CORNER OF CHURCH GATE & ST PETERS LANE
Planning Application 20190163
Initial comments focused on the important position of the plot in regards to the concentration of Grade II properties in close proximity to the site. The height and massing of the property were largely regarded as excessive for its locality, with special reference to the timber warehouse immediately to the north, visibility of which would be significantly affected by the development as proposed.
The mismatched design and material palette of the main elevations along Church Gate and St Peter’s Lane were criticized. The former, based on its pastiche style, was regarded as inappropriate for its locality, while the lack of active frontage along St Peter’s Lane was considered regrettable.
In all, the scheme was broadly regarded as inappropriate in regards to its surrounding, with high potential to adversely affect the streetscape of the Church Gate Conservation Area and the designated assets adjacent to the site.
F) 96 JARROM STREET
Planning Application 20180801
The previously sought amendments relating to the excessive height of the proposed building were referred to. As a result, there were strong concerns over the development as currently proposed, raised in height despite the aforementioned objections. The Panel considered the revised development proposal to be more harmful to the setting of the designated heritage assets.
G) 101-107 RATCLIFFE ROAD, MARY GEE HOUSES HALLS OF RESIDENCE
Planning Application 20190433
The comments focused predominantly on the overall scale and comprehensive nature of the development, presented as one continuous building line set at the centre of the available plot. This was assessed in comparison to both the precedent on site and the development present elsewhere within the Stoneygate Conservation Area. It was considered to be out of character with the suburban context and not reflective of the urban grain in the local area.
The detailed design of the proposed building was considered ... view the full minutes text for item 96.