Liverpool shifts housing plan to lure Amazon

LIVERPOOL City Council has earmarked a former school site in Fazakerley for a housing scheme displaced by a plan to bring Amazon to the city.

In August the council said it was in advanced talks with Amazon about locating a distribution depot at the 98-acre Stonebridge Cross site, off the East Lancs Road in Gilmoss.

There were already plans for the site which included new homes, a retail development and a school, but the council said these could be accommodated on an alternative site.

The Amazon deal has not been finalised and other sites have since been linked with the group, but a document prepared ahead of a city council cabinet meeting on Friday shows how a plan to build houses at the Queen Mary High School site will free Stonebridge for commercial development.

It wants to hand over a 12-acre site, that was cleared in 2007, to Regeneration Liverpool, the council’s partnership with Sigma Inpartnership, which has plans for 164 homes.

Regeneration Liverpool is already handling six sites: housing at Norris Green; Stonebridge Cross; a new Lime St/Renshaw St Knowledge Quarter; a district centre for Edge Hill; a project at the former Gatehouse comprehensive school site; and the Lodge Lane baths site.