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Council acts to protect historic factory building

Published on 08 June 2015

LEICESTER City Council has taken action to prevent the immediate demolition of a building in the city centre.

The late 19th century former hosiery factory at 53 Oxford Street is on the council's local heritage asset register, or local list, which was updated in January.

The current owners of the land recently notified the city council of their intention to demolish the building. This is a statutory process which allows the council to consider whether it needs to intervene. 

Over 220 objections have already been received from people who think the building should be saved.

Leicester City Council has applied for an 'Article 4 Direction'. This will allow the council time to consider the historical importance of the building and whether alternative redevelopment proposals might be acceptable.

It also means that the owners will now need to apply for full planning permission if they want to demolish the building.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "Industrial buildings like this are a significant part of Leicester's social and architectural heritage. They provide a valuable link to our past and can become assets for the city's future, as the redevelopment of a similar factory at Makers' Yard has so successfully shown.

"We must not let buildings like this disappear without fully considering their importance to the city."

As part of the Article 4 Direction, people will be asked for their views on the building and what they think should happen to the site.

To take part in the consultation, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay or email planning@leicester.gov.uk by 24 June 2015.