Planning decision pending on The Stanley’s future

A decision is to be made on the future of a long-abandoned pub in Old Swan after plans to turn it into flats stalled.

For more than a decade, the Stanley on Prescot Road, has fallen into a sorry state after the doors closed for the final time. Developers want to turn the abandoned pub into a series of multiple occupancy flats.

It had been expected in April that years on from the last pint being pulled, members of Liverpool Council’s planning committee would sign off on proposals to bring the site back into use.

However, amid concerns over anti-social behaviour, the proposals were deferred. Now, councillors are to look again at the plans when they convene next week.

Earlier this year, ward member Cllr William Shortall said was concerned regarding car parking outside the former pub and where bins would be stored. He also raised issues regarding “potential aggravation” and fears “people could be trapped” should access gates which allow entrance to a neighbouring garage be closed. 

While the Stanley is classed as a community asset given its current state, planning guidance stated “there is no demonstrable current or future need or demand for the space, either in its current use or any alternative community use and it is therefore surplus to requirements and the premises are no longer suitable to continue in community use.”

Despite objections, Liverpool Council’s planning department has once again recommended the proposals be approved by the newly formed committee following May’s all-out elections. A public report said, “ It is considered that the proposal to restore and convert this vacant and derelict public house to three six-bedroom apartments in HMO occupation would be appropriate in this location. 

“The proposal would bring back to use this once attractive public house, which would improve the image and character of the surrounding area. While concerns raised by local residents are recognised, it is not thought that the use as HMO occupation would result in an unduly detrimental impact upon the amenity of neighbouring residents or the character of the area.”

Councillors are to conduct a site visit ahead of a decision being made when they meet at Liverpool Town Hall on Tuesday. 


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