Developer applies to demolish rail sheds off Upperton Road, Leicester
A developer has applied to demolish an historic railway building, less than two months after outlining a £10 million scheme to revamp it.
Jamie Lewis Residential has lodged an application to flatten the 1890s Great Central Railway (GCR) wagon repair works, off Upperton Road, Leicester.
In November, the firm applied to turn it into a medical centre, gym, drive-through restaurant and food store.
That application is still being considered by Leicester City Council.
Mr Lewis said if it was rejected he would have no option other than demolition. If it is approved, he will withdraw the demolition application.
Leicester Victorian Society wants the building to be maintained and has backed Jamie Lewis' plans to convert it.
Chairman Jon Goodall said: "I'm a bit surprised about this application to demolish. I suspect it is a way of putting a bit of extra pressure on the council."
Nearly 150 people have signed a petition against the conversion.
A statement from Jamie Lewis' solicitors, Marrons, said the demolition application had been made in response to the council issuing an Article 4 Direction on January 6, 2012.
This prohibits demolition of the building without permission and anyone who wants to knock down the building must have applied within 12 months of this date.
The statement said: "Our client had hoped the November application would be determined prior to January 6, 2013, thus avoiding any need for a demolition application, but this has not proved possible."