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09 July 2014

Planning for a proposed new residential mixed used development in the Blackfriars areas of Leicester has been submitted by Lewis and Hickey on behalf of our client The Watkin Jones Group.

The proposed development is amongst some of the first proposals for the area and will be one of the front-runners in making a major contribution towards regeneration.

Watkin Jones Group is a ninth generation family business with a proven track record in developing and constructing residential and commercial properties. Their specialist homes construction and development department, Watkin Jones Homes, design and build distinctive homes in sought after locations which combine high quality with exceptional value for money. From rural housing developments to mixed-use urban regeneration projects such as Doc Victoria in Caernarfon, its portfolio reflects a wealth of market insight and building expertise, creating bespoke solutions perfectly suited to their location.

In Leicester City Council’s Waterside Regeneration Area, the proposed development will offer a range of three and four bed family homes, as well as studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments, providing a variety of living environments and acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.

Using the existing surrounding streets to split the scheme into two varying residential areas, the northern portion of the site, will be arranged around a new private internal road, offering a range of family homes, each proving accommodation over three floors, including a generous living space, as well as a master bedroom suite, and terraced amenity space. Each house will also benefit from private parking as well as external storage for bicycles.

The southern section of the proposed scheme is to host three apartment accommodation blocks: two small blocks of one-bed apartments that will bridge the gap between family homes, and high rise living provided over six floors of one and two-bed apartments, each with private balconies, as well as city studio units.

Watkin Jones Homes has a track record for consistently delivering high quality housing and is committed to building affordable, eco-smart homes which conform to the latest specifications, and often surpass the latest regulations. Their homes are designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes, reducing their carbon footprint and enabling residents to enjoy significant savings on their household bills.

A decision on the planning application is expected to be announced in August 2014.

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