From water tower to home?
A redundant Victorian water tower could be converted into a two or three-bedroom home.
An application has been submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council to convert the 50ft disused tower in Moira Road, Ashby.
The town's civic society believe the plans for the grade II-listed building should be thrown out.
The brick building, built in the middle of the 19th century, has been disused for years and is owned by the town council. The proposals include a two-storey extension and an outside staircase.
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Ashby Civic Society vice-chairman Chris Tandy said the group had no objection to the conversion in principle but the two extensions were "not appropriate for a listed building".
He said the society would support a suitable project that safeguarded the integrity of the building.
The water tower is on the edge of the cemetery, just outside the town's conservation area. The plans include using one of two cemetery entrances as a dedicated driveway.
The water tower was built in 1851 by the contractor who put in the town sewerage system. It was listed in 1977.
Agent Fisher German has submitted detailed reports which said the building was structurally sound and could be changed into a two or three-bedroom home. The extension would be on the site of a lean-to single-storey extension.