Plans to transform match day pub

A pub frequented by match-going fans on their way to Goodison Park is to undergo a major change.

Plans have been lodged with Liverpool Council to transform the now vacant Springfield Hotel on Walton Road into a three-bedroom residential flat. It is thought the renovations could lead to the former pub being turned into a short-term let for visitors to the city.

Proposals were received by the city council last month ahead of the former matchday pub receiving a decision on its future in the coming weeks.

Applicant Daniel Wearing has asked for permission to transform the upper levels of the building which served fans for decades. It was listed for sale following its closure for £150,000.

It could now be repurposed as a short-term let for fans or those visiting the city.

According to a booking.com listing for the building, “the recently renovated modern three bedroom apartment close to the city centre offers accommodation 1.4 km from Anfield Stadium and 3.5 km from Lime Street Train Station. The apartment is 4.2 km from Liverpool Central Station and 4.3 km from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.”

“The property is non-smoking and is set 4km from Williamson’s Tunnels. This apartment features three bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and two bathrooms equipped with a walk-in shower.

“Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment. A bar can be found on-site.”

The listing also claims guests at the apartment “will be able to enjoy activities in and around Liverpool, like pub crawls”.

No changes are proposed to the roof or exterior of the building with amends limited to the upper floor of the two-storey site. The rear of the property backs onto an MOT garage with other businesses along the busy road that connects with County Road opposite Everton’s home.

A date has yet to be confirmed for the plans to go before Liverpool Council’s planning department for a final decision. Those wishing to do so can comment on the plans via the city council website.

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