The former Montessori school in Leicester converted into apartments
Proposals to convert the historic former Montessori School building in Stoneygate into apartments have been backed by Leicester City Council.
The building dates back to 1881 when it opened as an institution for women, run by philanthropists and religious leaders, and became a school in 1930. It was later converted into an NHS hostel in the late 1930s. 1950 and became the exclusive Montessori Grammar School in the mid-1990s.
However, the school closed in 2014 and the building stood empty. A number of offers to turn it into apartments have been made in recent years.
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A request to convert it into 35 apartments was rejected in 2019 after opponents suggested the move would have turned the building, which is in one of the city’s swankiest areas, into one of the biggest homes multiple occupancy of Leicester. Another offer was then submitted to transform it into 17 apartments in 2020.
The second bid received widespread support, particularly from local businesses who suggested that its more upscale conversion would boost the local economy.
However, the former school was later granted Grade II listed building status in January 2021, the applicant and Kieran Dayah, was then forced to resubmit the plans for listed building permission. They got conditional approval on May 19, this time with just 15 apartments.
The “limited remaining elements” of the building, including its staircase and a decorative pillar in the main hall, will be retained. One of the single-storey garages on the site is to be demolished, although documents submitted to council for the planning application indicate that its loss will not have a huge impact on the character of the historic building.
One of the apartments will have three bedrooms, 13 will have two bedrooms and one will have a single bedroom.