Ex-pub to be student flats
A former pub is set to have a new lease of life as student accommodation.
The Black Boy, in Albion Street, Leicester, could house a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroomed flats for students.
The city centre pub, just off Belvoir Street, closed last year.
The proposed redevelopment would retain the pub's cylindrical sign on the corner of the building.
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Ian Palmer, of Staniforth Architects, in Stamford Street, Leicester, said: "Our design seeks to retain the art deco facades facing Chatham Street and Albion Street in their original state, with the addition of contemporary extensions to the side and above.
"From the outset we did not want to produce a clichéd copy of The Black Boy but a contemporary building that shows off the existing pub, complete with its iconic corner signage in all its glory."
Keith Williams, chairman of the Leicester branch of real ale campaign group Camra, said: "To us, it's a foregone conclusion.
"It's disappointing because it's a lovely, traditional-looking pub. It had ornate 1930s ceilings inside and it's a shame to lose features like that.
"We're sorry to see any pub go. It's been a good pub in its day.
"But it struggled to compete with Belvoir Street, where it seems every other place is a bar.
"I know it has been looked at by a number of parties.
"It's not good news for Leicester that places such as the Black Boy are going."
Mr Palmer said: "The Black Boy was built in 1923 in the art deco style and had continuously functioned as a public house until it went out of business due to falling trade.
"The current building was built on the site of an earlier public house dating from the 1820s and this proposal seeks to protect its significance as a landmark corner building at the junction of Albion Street and Chatham Street for the future."
The application will be considered by Leicester City Council's planning committee.