Leicester Civic Society

Campaign: Garden Street Island

Please support our objection to the proposed loss of our historic environment at Garden Street Island, Belgrave Gate, by writing to planning@leicester.gov.uk quoting their reference 20171396. 


The block now known as Garden Street Island consists of early 19th Century courtyard cottages and shops that were originally earmarked for slum clearance in 1931 as part of the programme of clearance between Belgrave Gate and Archdeacon Lane (now St.Margaret’s Way) but by an apparent oversight they were not demolished. The island includes two courtyards and No.1 Garden Street, which appears to be the only remaining one-up-one-down house in Leicester not protected as such. What were slums in 1931 are, due to their rarity, now a part of the city’s heritage 86 years later.

In February 2015, the owner served notice of intent to demolish. At this point Leicester City Council placed an Article 4 Direction on the properties, presumably to allow retention to be encouraged as an option, together with a proper assessment to be made of any redevelopment proposals in light of the rarity and historic importance of these buildings.

 

We call on the City Council to recognise the above and now include Garden Street Island as an un-designated heritage asset on the Local Heritage Asset Register. Elsewhere we note that similar properties on Milton Street have been included in the Arboretum Conservation Area in Nottingham, and sensitively restored, provide a reflection of the industrial revolution and its impact on the urban environment of that city. Similarly, the Birmingham “Back-to-Backs” have been restored and are now recognised as nationally significant in the same respect.


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Please support our objection to the proposed loss of our historic environment at Garden Street Island, Belgrave Gate, by writing to planning@leicester.gov.uk quoting their reference 20171396.

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