The Mercury has run a recent report about a very nice (or what should be very nice) former factory building, now ‘crumbling’, in King Newton Street in Highfields.
It seems that the building, once occupied by The Leicester Printing Co Ltd and Jas. Lewin, hosiery manufacturer, and in poor shape, is being demolished without planning permission. The Mercury report records that ‘A spokesperson for the city council said: “Demolition of the building does require prior approval – the owners must notify us that they wish to demolish the building and we check the details of how they want to do it. There have been no applications for this either.”’
Local residents have raised concerns about safety saying that bricks have been falling into gardens and at least one owner has asked tenants not to use their garden. The Civic Society thinks that this is the sort of building which should be rehabilitated and put to new uses.