This page provides information about the Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area, its Conservation Area Appraisal, Development Control Guidance and Report of Consultation.
Oadby Hill Top was designated as a conservation area in 1987 and Meadowcourt was designated in 1988. On July 26th 2005 following public consultation the decision was made to amend the boundaries and amalgamate the two Conservation Areas. The Conservation Area was renamed as Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area to incorporate the change.
The largest plots in the Conservation area are off Stoughton Drive South and to a lesser extent Glebe Road and Manor Road. These roads are where the finest houses with the most impressive gardens can be found. The houses were built by leading local architects, with the father and son combination of Stockdale and Shirley Harrison preeminent, and were constructed in fashionable Arts and Crafts styles. This style, which had developed from the Victorian Gothic Revival allowed the use of elements from different periods of particularly vernacular architecture and gave scope for considerable freedom of expression for the owner and architect alike. Many of the earliest designs of the largest houses incorporate elements of Jacobean architecture. This allowed the wealthy Leicester industrialists to build their own versions of the Elizabethan 'prodigy' houses as each sought to demonstrate taste, wealth and standing in the town.
In terms of building materials, the traditional houses in the area draw from a remarkably small palette. Walls are invariable of red brick or render, with architectural embellishment through the use of half-timbering, brick noggin or tile hanging. Roofs are generally of brown clay tile, sometimes red or Swithland slate. Welsh slate is infrequently used and there is a single house which uses Collyweston slate. This limited palette of materials gives the area an even stronger sense of place.
The conservation area includes Glebe Road, Southmead's Road, Meadowcourt Road and part of Stoughton Drive South, Knighton Rise, Knighton Grange Road and Manor Road.
Conservation Area Appraisal and Development Control Guidance
The Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area Appraisal and Development Control Guidance were subject to the public consultation which took place from 25th April 2005 to 3rd June 2005. After considering representations received as a result of this consultation the decision was made on 26th July 2005 to amend the Conservation Area boundaries.
On Manor Road, the properties are known as Stoughton Leys, Bredon and Field House including their gardens and land to the rear (south) together with the Leicester University playing fields as far as and including the avenue of trees on the south side of Southmead's Road have been included within the Conservation Area.
Removed from the Conservation Area boundary are:
24 and 26 Stoughton Drive South,
16 Sycamore Close,
7 St Davids Crescent,
10 St Davids Crescent,
34a Powys Avenue and
the rear gardens of 11 to 15 The Broadway.
Conservation Area Appraisal
The appraisal assesses the character of the area and notes any changes which may have occurred since its designation, such as new development and changes to specific buildings or streetscapes.
Development Control Guidance
The Development Control Guidance seeks to ensure that the area continues to thrive, without prejudicing features which define the character and appearance of the area.
Listed Buildings within the Conservation Area
There are a number of Listed Buildings within the conservation area boundary. For further information on Listed Buildings within this area and other conservation areas, please click the below link.
Report on Consultation
The report of consultation describes the process in which the public consultation went through and summarises the representations made and sets out responses to these.
Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area Report of Consultation Part 1 (PDF Document, 64.66 Kb)
Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area Report of Consultation Part 2 (PDF Document, 192.91 Kb)
Oadby Hill Top and Meadowcourt Conservation Area Report of Consultation Part 3 (PDF Document, 48.12 Kb)
Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document
The Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides policy guidance to ensure that the character and appearance of Borough Conservation Areas are maintained through effective management.
Please note, on the 16th April 2019 the Council resolved to adopt a revised Conservation Areas SPD. Links to the most up to date document are contained below.
Last updated: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:11 am