More than 400 new flats could be built as part of a major two-block development in Liverpool city centre.
Proposals have been put forward to develop two new multi-storey blocks on land around Pall Mall, Lanyork Road and Chiswick Street which could deliver 435 new residential dwellings.
The plans – which are to be debated by Liverpool Council’s planning committee next week – have been scaled down after an initial bid for 550 apartments was deemed too many.
The mixed-used scheme could also include a series of separate units including retail, commercial and office space, should the local authority sign off on the designs.
According to a report attached to the planning application, the two blocks will range between six to 10 storeys on one site at Lanyork Street and Pall Mall, with a development between six and seven storeys further down with Chadwick Street at the north. The sites are separated by a parcel of land, currently used for surface parking.
Car parking would be provided both within buildings and externally adjacent at ground floor level, with 84 spaces within the first block and a further 41 at the second. At ground floor level areas soft landscaping comprising grass, shrub and tree planting are also proposed.
Given the development’s proximity to the Merseyrail Northern line, Network Rail have been consulted on the plans. They had raised concerns around whether consideration had been given to the road tunnel running beneath the area.
The creation of more than 600 bedrooms within the major project, put forward by Nextdom Property Limited, also raised queries from Sport England. The planning report said the national body felt the proposal “would generate demand for sporting provision, which is not addressed in the current planning application.”
It added: “Given that the city centre currently doesn’t have any pitch provision, Sport England feels that the development would, if permitted, create a need for a contribution to sports facilities. Such a contribution should be secured by a section 106 agreement and invested in improving or creating new sports facilities within the catchment of the proposal.”
No affordable housing is proposed as part of the development. Despite this, the report said the proposal would “constitute a significant financial investment in the area, contributing to its vibrancy through the delivery of a mixed-use scheme in a highly accessible location.”
The plans have been recommended for approval subject to the signing of a legal agreement. They will be considered next Tuesday at Liverpool Town Hall.