Demolition of factory off Narborough Road in Leicester proposed to make way for flats

A factory building in Raymond Road, off Narborough Road, could be demolished for flats
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A clothing factory off Narborough Road in Leicester could be bulldozed to make way for new homes. The two-storey building in Raymond Road, near its corner with the busy city street, is “impractical” for conversion into flats and must go, applicant Aman Singh of Kings Street Investments Leicester LTD, said he believed.

The space left behind would see a new three-storey apartment block built on it. The land also includes 234A Narborough Road, a Victorian era building most recently used for storage.

This was also originally slated for demolition. However, following pre-application advice, Mr Singh is now proposing to redevelop the building, refurbishing it for new homes instead. Across the two elements of the plan, there would be 11, one-bed flats and three two-beds, planning documents reveal.

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Leicester City Council planning officers raised concerns about the proposals at the pre-application advice stage. Originally, 18 flats were suggested for the site over two new buildings. But the development would have been “overbearing”, officers warned the applicant, and would have caused harm to the locally listed former tram depot next to the site – now the Alma Supermarket.

Officers also raised concerns about the height of the buildings and the amenity space provided for future residents. They further said the predominantly one-bed flats would be out of character with the area, which is largely two-and-three-bed houses.

Mr Singh disagreed with this last point, saying: “Nearby uses, while mostly two-bed houses, also include flats, but mostly poor quality conversions above shops. The proposal offers higher quality options.”

The new plan reduced the number of flats and, rather than demolishing all of the buildings on the site, proposed to keep the Victorian element in place of building a second new block. A courtyard garden is also now proposed at the point of the site closest to the former tram depot, which the applicant said should reduce any harm to the historic building.

The new building on the Raymond Road side would be two-storeys as it fronts the street, with a three-storey element to the rear, plans added. Most of the ground floor flats would have their own garden, while balconies are suggested for some first floor flats.

The proposed second floor flat would also have a private terrace space. No car parking is included in the scheme, with the applicant saying its location off Narborough Road makes this appropriate as “walking, cycling and public transport are encouraged as primary modes of transport”.