£50m Leicester mixed-use scheme set for refusal

A significant, mixed-use development, proposed to transform and regenerate the St George’s North area of Leicester, has been recommended for refusal by Leicester City Council.

Developers, LCL commissioned multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p to design the high quality apartment scheme, known as Fleet Village, to revitalise derelict and disused former office buildings on Lee Circle and Old Milton Street in the city.

The proposed development would include apartments, a concierge service, gym, café/bar/lounge and cycle storage alongside 3,000 sq ft retail units.

The development would create up to 100 jobs during construction and 12-17 once complete.

A council document released ahead of a meeting on the development stated that the scheme should be refused on the grounds that:

  • “The proposal would result in the loss of a large complex of primarily late Victorian two, three and four storey buildings included on the Council’s adopted Heritage Asset Register.”
  • “The proposal is not justified in townscape terms and would not contribute positively to the area’s character and appearance in terms of scale, height, urban form, massing and appearance.”
  • “The proposed development would by reason of its design and layout result in a poor standard of living environment for future occupants due to the size of some of the units, the internal layout and positioning and size of fenestration of some units, the placing of fins to principal room windows and the lack of sufficient external amenity space.”
  • “The proposed development would by reason of its location and excessive height have an adverse effect on the Local Heritage Asset 80 Wharf Street South.”