'Too many cars already' - residents have mixed feelings about former pub being turned into flats

Mixed feelings from residents about Leicester pub being turned into flats
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury/Tess Rushin)

Neighbours expressed concern about extra traffic, while others welcomed the news, when they heard that the former Tudor public house in Leicester was to be turned into flats.

Plans to turn the building, at 100 Tudor Road, into residential accommodation, brought mixed feelings from people living in neighbouring properties. 80-year-old Peter Henton and 66-year-old Pam Sly were concerned about the increase in traffic the new residents would bring to the area. Mr Henton said it was already dangerous with the "amount of kids he'd seen nearly get run over."

Other neighbours thought it would be good for the area. Liljana Istrefi, 39, who had recently taken up residence in the neighbourhood, said she was happy more families were moving in, and 41-year-old Emma Taylor said it was a shame the pub was going, but it was good something was being done to it, as it was looking neglected.

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The plans, approved by Leicester city council planning officers last week, will see the former public house turned into ten flats made up of four studios, four one-bed flats, and one two-bed, with a change to an outbuilding from a storage facility to a self-contained one bedroom flat. Plans noted secure and covered cycle parking must be provided as part of the development.

Peter Henton has lived in the area for 47 years. The 80-year-old spoke to LeicestershireLive on his doorstep, a stone's throw away from the former pub. He said he used to drink in the Tudor and thinks it should be brought back into use.

Peter Henton lives a stone's throw away from the former pub
Peter Henton lives a stone's throw away from the former pub -Credit:Leicester Mercury

He said" "There are no pubs in the area any more, only Crows Nest, but that’s okay for the younger generation. There are enough flats in the area. It used to be lovely round here, with no parking issues. It would be alright if there was just parking on one side of the road. The amount of kids I've seen nearly get run over.

"There are that many pubs closing, it's sad. The Tudor used to be packed."

Liljana said she had moved into her house just across from the Tudor public house building with her two daughters, Ergjivana and Elia, recently. She said: "It's not bad news, I'm happy that more families will be moving in. It's good that the building is going to be put to good use. I wish sometimes I had a flat/smaller house to keep clean rather than this one!"

Liljana Istrefi, who moved in recently with her daughters
Liljana Istrefi, who moved in recently with her daughters -Credit:Leicester Mercury

Emma Taylor, who lives just across the way from the former pub, said: "It's a shame it's going. If they keep the outside intact, that would be good. As long as it’s not loud with students it’s good they are doing something with it, as it’s looking a bit neglected."

Pam Sly lives opposite the former public house. She said: "I'm not happy about it being turned into flats. There are too many cars already."

66 year old Pam Sly, who lives opposite the former public house
66 year old Pam Sly, who lives opposite the former public house -Credit:Leicester Mercury

Planning documents said the former pub was a "locally significant heritage asset" and was included on Leicester’s local heritage asset register for its "historic and architectural interest and landmark quality". The building, dating back to 1900, occupies a prominent corner plot and makes an important contribution to the streetscape, it added.

Plans note the building is currently vacant and is subject to vandalism. Documents state the proposal will lead to re-use as residential accommodation with no car parking spaces proposed as the proposal site is located in an area with good public transport, walking and cycling links.