Plans revealed for major city centre mixed-use scheme on historic site

How the scheme would look

Plans for the major regeneration of the Corah site on Burleys Way in Leicester City Centre have been submitted to Leicester City Council.

The hybrid planning application, by Cityregen Leicester and Galliford Try Investments, outlines 1,000 new homes. The plans include the development of a retail and leisure scheme as well as significant public realm in the city centre.

The Corah Site’s industrial heritage will be enhanced, with the principal façade of the Old Textile Building – the oldest building on the site – set to be retained. The Corah Green will provide a new public square, and the two historic chimneys to the rear of the site will be retained.

The plans will open up the Corah Site to the public for the first time and creating an exciting new linear park link between Abbey Park and the city centre via a new pedestrian bridge, and the new Burleys Way super crossing.

A spokesperson for Cityregen Leicester and Galliford Try Investments said: “Our transformative proposals promise to unlock the Corah Site and create a new legacy for this important location in the city.

“The plans will bring new life to this area of Leicester, creating a dynamic new community and destination which will act as a catalyst for further growth and regeneration in the area. By delivering a significant number of homes, this site can also play a major role in easing the housing shortages facing local people, while creating fantastic new green spaces and public realm in the city.

“While reinvigorating the Corah Site, our proposals also recognise its important history. Our plans are inspired by this legacy and the heritage of the site has been threaded through the proposals to ensure the people of Leicester are connected to the Corah Site’s past in its new reincarnation.”