Upholstery business could make way for new flats

A historic former bank building housing an upholstery business in Everton Valley could be knocked down to make way for new homes.

A planning application has been lodged with Liverpool Council for the demolition of the Cooper’s Reupholstery building on the junction of Netherfield Road North and Kirkdale Road to be replaced with a tower up to six storeys high. The block would provide 49 new apartments with associated car parking and access.

The proposals will be considered by the local authority’s planning committee when it meets next week.

Documents made available ahead of the meeting revealed the plans put forward by Erin Strategic Land Limited would occupy the site which is undeveloped around the business with several mature trees interspersed throughout. The site slopes upwards from Netherfield Road North along Mark Street and downwards from Mark Street to Everton Valley.

The plans said, “The building would be broadly ‘L-shaped’ with pedestrian access taken from Netherfield Road North with the tallest element facing the junction at six storeys in height with the built form reducing to three storeys along Netherfield Road North and four storeys along the frontage with Everton Valley. Vehicular access is taken from Mark Street, where 21 spaces are provided within a surface parking area to the rear of the building, partly under-croft.”

Established in 1958, Cooper’s became approved members of the Association of Master Upholsterers in 1979 and describes itself as a family firm “that cares for quality and service.” The building had lain dormant until Cooper’s moved in, having previously served as a Midland Bank branch.

The business is consolidating its position with a location in Wirral. The planning report said 99 objections were received including a signed 43 signature petition, but no concerns were raised by relevant authorities.

Objections included the impact on residential amenity including overlooking and loss of natural light due to the excessive height of the proposed development and its proximity closeness to the adjacent two storey properties  Concerns were also raised about the size and scale of the development particularly in relation to the rest of the residential units on the estate.

Despite this, Liverpool Council’s planning department has recommended the proposals be approved by councillors next week, subject to the acceptance of a section 106 agreement.

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