More than 500 flats planned for disused city centre site

More than 500 new apartments could be built on the edge of Liverpool city centre as part of plans for tower blocks up to 11 storeys tall.

Proposals have been lodged with the city council’s planning department by Love Lane Liverpool Limited and Network Rail for the development of 507 new apartments across four blocks on land at Love Lane and Pall Mall.

As part of the proposed reuse of the site, existing subterranean tunnels beneath the site and existing railway arches could be transformed into commercial space.

According to documents submitted to the local authority, the Love Lane sites fall within the previous world heritage site buffer zone, while the Pall Mall site lies on its periphery. The four plots have an industrial character and are currently occupied predominantly by what are described as underutilised car parks, vacant buildings and a number of units which are built within the railway arches, housing businesses such as a car repairs garage, a gym and a small music venue.

The application seeks to create a residential-led, mixed use redevelopment across the four areas of land, with towers between nine and 11 storeys high. Redundant and vacant buildings would be demolished to make way for the new blocks.

All 507 apartments are designed and proposed for open market sale. Design and access statements attached with the application said: “The apartments will offer high quality living spaces with a good outlook, with premium views towards the River Mersey and will benefit from a shared external courtyard space at the heart of each residential block.

“It will be a place that people will aspire to live and work, and come to play in their free time. This will be a place where owning a car is not a priority with fantastic sustainable credentials building on the links to the city, active travel and provision of onsite cycle and car club infrastructure to meet residents’ needs.

“We believe the proposals offer not just much needed homes and commercial space, we believe this will support the city ambitions for continuing the regeneration of Pumpfields, the city core integration of the area.”

A green linear open space would also be provided as part of the plans, with the planting of more than 50 new trees. The application is the second in as many months for the Pall Mall area, with approval for 435 apartments granted for land at Lanyork Road and Chiswick Street.

A date has yet to be set for the new proposals to be considered by Liverpool Council’s planning committee.

Image: One of the four proposed blocks for Love Lane

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