£50m mixed-use scheme to create over 100 jobs

How Fleet Village will look

The developer behind plans for a £50m mixed-use development has said he hopes to hear if the application has been successful “very soon”.

Developers, LCL commissioned design practice rg+p to design the scheme, known as Fleet Village, to revitalise derelict and disused former office buildings on Lee Circle and Old Milton Street in the St George’s North area of the city. The proposed development includes new apartments and associated amenities for residents such as concierge service, gym, café/bar/lounge and cycle storage alongside 3,000 sq ft retail units. Planning permission was sought in January of this year.

Chris May, partner at Howes Percival, said on behalf of LCL: “This area of Leicester has seen little or no growth for the past 15 years and is desperately in need of regeneration; these buildings are victims of vandalism and trespassing. We believe the proposed development, which is expected to create up to 100 new jobs during construction and between 12-17 once completed, is the right catalyst for this much needed regeneration.

“The scheme seeks to provide a range of new homes to suit the local housing market as well as retail and leisure facilities we feel will benefit the community. Fleet Village represents a major investment for our home city and we’re really excited about what it could mean for those wanting to live, work and play in Leicester. We’re hopeful for a positive outcome from our planning applications very soon.”

LCL has been behind similar schemes in Leicester, having completed 250 apartments at Clyde Court on Erskine Street and Markfield Court off Abbey Park Street.

James Badley, architectural director at rg+p said: “Fleet Village has the potential to become a statement development for Leicester and is certainly one of the largest investments the city’s housing market has seen in recent years. LCL has engaged extensively with the local authorities so we remain optimistic for the development’s future.”

If permission is granted before the year end, LCL has indicated that work will commence on site in Spring 2019.