Plans for extra care flats in shadow of Goodison Park

Dozens of new extra care apartments could be built in the shadow of Goodison Park on land currently used as a match day car park.

As Everton FC move closer to vacating their long-term home in L4, new plans have been submitted to Liverpool Council to repurpose a brownfield site and demolish a vacant two-storey building bordering Walton Lane, Diana Street and Bullens Road to house 77 apartments to support older people.

The application, submitted by Gauld Property Partnerships, has one eye on integrating with the Blues’ legacy project at its historic home.

It is a remodelled plan, having had proposals for 105 apartments previously accepted back in 2018.

The site is currently being used as match day car park for Everton and Liverpool fans, and is categorised as a brownfield site which is fit for residential development According to planning documents, the site was partially covered by a grouping of temporary and semi-derelict structures of a light industrial nature, most recently containing a hand car wash and car sales businesses.

It added, “The majority of the various redundant and temporary structures on site have recently been removed.”

The development seeks to provide a series of one and two-bedroom apartments following users’ preferred configurations. A guest suite could also be provided for prospective tenants.

A design and access statement submitted by Gauld said, “The proposal to create a separate Extra Care development will provide older people in the locality with more hoice in their living accommodation. The proximity to the existing home will enable people to live independently, while taking advantage of the shared gardens and community activities the management of the Registered Provider will offer. 

“The ‘Extra Care’ concept meets with requirements from older people for more flexibility in their housing, providing longer term homes and less compulsion to move again as their needs change. The provision of this type of flexible, private accommodation will reduce the pressure on the Local Authority to provide care for these older people within more ’traditional’ care homes and will allow the residents to retain their independence.”

The applicant added how it is seeking to produce a “good quality building” to fulfil the needs of stakeholders, “while meeting the requirements and aspirations of Liverpool City Council”.

A date has not been set for the plans to be considered by the local authority.

Image: Proposed designs for the Bullens Road site. Credit: AFL Architects

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