Decision over plans to convert railway building to be delayed
A decision over whether to grant permission for a historic Victorian railway building to be turned into shops, offices, a doctors' surgery and a gym has been delayed.
Jamie Lewis Residential has asked for more time to work on plans to carry out a £10 million conversion of the 1890s Great Central railway wagon repair works, next to Upperton Road, Leicester.
The firm had initially planned to demolish the works to make room for an eight-storey student flats complex.
But the company withdrew the application and submitted an amended proposal which was due to be approved at a planning meeting on Wednesday – despite opposition from 298 residents.
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However, the proposal was not voted on as Jamie Lewis Residential asked for more time to try to meet
Mike Richardson, head of planning at Leicester City Council, said such deferrals were not rare.
He said: "In line with council policy, we have given them a target of 16 per cent of renewable energy for the site and their plans only amount to the creation of seven per cent.
"Another issue is with regard to vehicle access on the site. They had planned to have a drive-in restaurant but withdrew that idea. The vehicular access is still on the plans.
"That may have a detrimental effect for residents who live in houses on Watkin Road."
Planning committee chairman Councillor Patrick Kitterick said the deferral would be for at least three weeks.