Saturday, 15 July 2017

A dreadful proposal

In the July 2017 issue of the Leicester Civic Society Chairman's report the following item appeared "Planning Application 20170973: 1, ST. ALBANS ROAD: Dreadful proposal for a block of student flats at a house by Stockdale Harrison c1890. Prominent hilltop, corner building at junction of London Road, St. Albans Road and Evington Road. For many years the home of a Dr. Carter, in 1956 the house was converted into a car showrooms and the front garden lost. In 1975 Lloyds Bank took it over and made a fair attempt at healing the damage done to the ground floor front by the careful use of matching bricks. However this proposal wants to undo all of that and construct a huge five floor extension on the car park to the rear. Quite apart from the fact that it will stare straight across at Edwin Lutyen’s recently restored park gates and lodges (Listed Grade 1) this would have an adverse affect on South Highfields, Evington Footpath and New Walk conservation areas. Ena has already objected on our behalf and it goes to CAP on Wednesday 12. There is no objection to building on the car park but it must be at least two stories lower and of a far better design that does not dominate the house. Everyone should object individually please. We have until 01 August."

Monday, 21 November 2016

Corah site

Prompted by the Chairman's page in the November issue of Leicester Citizen (see extract below), two LCS members had a look round the area over the weekend and took some photos – see online album here.
One major cause for concern is the Corah site. It is a gigantic ‘black hole’ siting between Burleys Way and Abbey Park. On one side is the new Charter Street Stadium, with a proposed footbridge into the park; on the other the Waterside redevelopment area, though this too is not without its problems. Corah’s is a great part of Leicester’s great history as a manufacturing colossus. It is however a vast wreck, currently plagued by repeated attacks of arson. Given its layout and position it should be a thriving, almost self-contained urban village, making a major contribution to city centre housing stock and the city centre economy. But it is not. It is a sad truth that until something is done about Corah the economic miracle being wrought elsewhere in this great city of ours will remain marred.

Archway to nowhere! Leicester’s historic Corah
Factory, threatened by arson, awaits restoration
and renewal.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Leicester's "Blue Tower"

The Leicester Mercury reports today (13 October 2015) that Leicester's
"Iconic Blue Tower is fully let".

In some ways this is good news, of course, but one can't help wondering about the use of the word "iconic". According to Oxford Dictionaries, "iconic" is an adjective "relating to or of the nature of an icon", while an icon is (amongst other meanings) "a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration". It seems that one can safely rule out the Blue Tower as being "worthy of veneration", which leaves "a thing regarded as a representative symbol". Discuss...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Comment by a Leicester Civic Society committee member

For the committee to carry out its public role, it has to be confident that it can challenge officer recommendations when it is in the public interest to do so. Otherwise we risk creating a planning decision-making body in Leicester which is unduly influenced by the operational concerns of the Planning Department and the interests of its `development partners'.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Friday, 24 July 2015

Can demolished pubs come back from the dead

Pubs demolished illegally must be rebuilt "brick by brick", councils have ordered. But is it really possible to do this? 

A BBC Magazine article examines the subject

BBC Magazine