Historic Leicester pub could become student flats

A historic former Leicester pub that was saved from the threat of demolition might become student accommodation.

If plans are approved, extensions will be made to the building, and it will be transformed into 54 student bedrooms contained in 25 flats.

Last year the developers of the project, Deckchair Ltd, were proposing to demolish the pub and replace it with flats. Leicester City Council refused permission for this. This decision was been welcomed by heritage campaigners in the city.

Leicester Deputy City Mayor and heritage champion, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Although The Black Boy closed as a pub in 2012, the building remains an important part of Leicester’s history.

“The Black Boy is protected by our local list of heritage assets – the failure of this appeal not only saves the Black Boy, it demonstrates the credibility of the local list. I am very happy that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed with the council’s stance on this. Heritage of this sort should not be lost.”

The Black Boy has stood at the site since the 1820s, with the current neo-Baroque/Art Deco building dating from about 1927. The building, however, has fallen prey to vandalism and damage since its closure.

Whether permission will be granted for the new student flats is uncertain, and to be decided.