Leicester: major residential development for 1930s cinema site

Leicester: major residential development for 1930s cinema site

A multi-million pound flats complex could be built where a Leicester centre cinema once stood.

ABC Cinema, Belgrave Gate, Leicester, in the 1960s
ABC Cinema, Belgrave Gate, Leicester, in the 1960s
Proposals have been drawn up for a nine-story building in Belgrave Gate.

A 1930s-built ABC cinema occupied the site, but it closed in 1997 and was demolished a decade later.

Now plans have been lodged with Leicester City Council for 126 apartments of one and two bedrooms.

The complex would have have shops, office space or restaurants on the ground floor facing onto Belgrave Gate.

It would also sit alongside a new £4.1 million bus link road the council intends to build to connect Mansfield Street and Belgrave Gate.

The trustees of GS Fashions Retirement Benefits Scheme are behind the flats plan.

Agent for the developer Lance Wiggins, of Landmark Planning, said the development would take up around three quarters of the existing car park.

He said: “There is a great opportunity to carry out a redevelopment in an important part of the city centre.

“It will be a large development from five stories rising to nine in three linked building.

“We are hoping to be fairly flexible about the commercial uses, possibly with some business start-up units like the LCB depot.”

He added: “There will be enough space left for the council’s bus link road.”

Planning documents submitted to the city council state: “The architectural concept is derived from the site’s physical and historic context and references its previous use in both a literal and figurative manner.

“The new route will be well defined and the proposals include a mix along Belgrave Gate, Mansfield Street, and the new link road.”

The documents add: “This is a high-quality design that has been well thought out from the initial options through to the architectural concept and will be a good addition to the city centre.”

The roof would have landscaped terraces, the documents say, and there will be 21 parking spaces and 88 bike storage spaces.

The planned link road is part of a wider, £8.5 million revamp of the Clock Tower area which will ultimately see buses and other traffic removed from a pedestrianised Church Gate.

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It is hoped the link road will be complete by spring next year, and the pedestrianisation would begin after that.

Source: Leicestershire Live

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