Leicester has decided to protect some more of its local history as new sites are added to the heritage register.
New heritage sites, designated by Leicester City Council, include an Art Deco tea warehouse, a section of the old Roman city wall and the Stationmaster’s House believed to be the last remaining building of the Great Northern Railway station in Leicester.
They have been added to the register of local heritage properties – a list of structures and buildings deemed architecturally or historically significant to the city.
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Other additions include Shaftesbury Hall, built in 1908 by Lady Rolleston, wife of former Leicester MP Sir John, at Holy Bones as a place of learning for disadvantaged boys and girls in Leicester; and the Old Christian’s Meeting House, in Laburnum Road, which was built in the early 20th century as part of the Humberstone Garden suburban development, an unusual housing experiment by a co-operative group of workers with the motto ‘Not a greater wealth, but simpler pleasures”.
Three historic red postboxes are also on the list, the oldest of which is in Evington Lane and has been in use for 120 years.
The thirty sites joined local treasures such as the Bandstand, Bathing Steps and Abbey Park Walkway; the National Space Center and the Attenborough Building at the University of Leicester.
The City’s Deputy Mayor and City Council Heritage Champion, Councilor Adam Clarke, said: “Adding these 30 new buildings and structures of local significance to the list shows our continued commitment to protecting the architectural heritage of the city.
“The Local Heritage Assets Register is an important means of recognizing buildings, places and other landmarks that are important to the people and history of Leicester. And with these new additions, it continues to reflect the rich and diverse architectural heritage our city has to offer.
The 30 new entries on the local list were reviewed by a panel comprising Councilor Clarke, local historian and chairman of the conservation advisory committee, Richard Gill, and former chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects, Nils Feldman.
Although listing on the local heritage register does not provide the same level of protection for sites as listed status, it does ensure that the historical and architectural significance of buildings and landmarks is considered when review of planning applications.
Leicester City Council has also put in place a series of Section 4 guidelines, which means that certain forms of development that could harm listed heritage properties require planning permission.
The new restrictions, which came into effect on Monday, January 17, include controls on the demolition of buildings and small works, such as the removal of windows, doors and other original architectural elements.
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