Plans for 250 homes in Leicester city centre revealed

Repton Street

Some 250 homes could be built on disused land in Leicester city centre.

Leicester City Council says it wants to build the houses on derelict land in the city’s Waterside regeneration around on a 3.5 ha site adjacent to Repton Street.

The land and properties within the site are privately-owned and largely derelict and disused. The site, which runs from Rally Park to Frog Island, is also at risk of flooding from the River Soar.

The Council is asking the public for ideas on any proposed scheme, which is sayss would be a mixture of houses and apartments.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Repton Street site is typical of many parts of the Waterside area. It has suffered badly through the closure of key industries leaving sites unused and derelict.

“We have an ambitious long-term vision to transform Waterside into a thriving neighbourhood with great places to live, new spaces to do business and attractive links between the riverside and the city centre.

“The first phase of this project is now well underway and it is important that we maintain momentum by identifying other areas that would benefit from redevelopment. Repton Street is an ideal candidate and has fantastic potential for new riverside housing.

“By setting out a clear co-ordinating code we can help guide the future development of this important site, focussing on the opportunities for the city and making it a less risky proposition for potential investors and private developers.”

A six-week consultation on the draft co-ordinating code for housing development at Repton Street has now been launched.