Green light recommended for Leicester student accommodation

Plans from Victoria Hall Management to redevelop a site on the eastern side of Castle Street in Leicester to create student accommodation have been recommended for approval.

The plans seek permission for the demolition of the existing two storey commercial building to create a part 3 part 4 and part 5 storey building.

125 student bedrooms within 20 cluster flats and 3 one bedroom studio flats would be created.

A planning statement reads: “Proposal seeks the redevelopment of an outdated office building and replacement with a high quality development situated in a ‘strategic regeneration area’ for major housing a physical change, and within close proximity to the De Montfort University campus.

“The development would protect the surrounding designated heritage assets and scheduled ancient monument to provide high quality student living accomodation and amenity spaces for students.”

The development is planning to maximise views of the nearby Grade I listed Church St. Mary De Castro.

Victoria Hall Management have already witnessed success in Leicester in securing planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of ‘The Glassworks’ for 398 student beds.

A council document released ahead of the final decision on the development says: “The proposed new building has been designed to preserve the historic assets in the vicinity and has been designed to be at a lower level so that views to the St Mary De Castro Church are not interrupted by the new building.

“The proposal would have a minimal effect upon the amenities currently enjoyed by the nearby residents. Currently Leicester does not have a 5 year housing supply and the development would contribute to the shortfall in the City Council’s five year housing supply.”