Property developer revises residential scheme after talks with council planners

Revised plans for the Pall Mall scheme

A Liverpool property developer has significantly reduced the size of a major £83m residential scheme after talks with the city council.

Nextdom Property submitted a planning application last August for an £86m development on Liverpool’s Pall Mall for 550 homes, comprising 362 in block A and 188 in block B.

But the revised scheme will now provide 294 homes in block A and 141 in block B, having reduced the height of the scheme, from 17 storeys to 10 in block A and from 10 storeys to seven in block B.

Nextdom said this was a result of “productive discussions” with Liverpool City Council’s planning team following a design review, which Philip Didlick, of Nextdom Property described as “a true partnership”.

The scheme, designed by the Liverpool studio of architects Falconer Chester Hall, is for two mixed-use blocks, including a curved frontage design for block B to the corner of Chadwick Street and Pall Mall.

Mr Didlick said: “The council understood the commercial imperatives and worked very hard with us to reach a position that suited their planning aspirations whilst meeting our own commercial needs.”

The site, currently a mix of surface car parking and old sheds, will continue the regeneration of the Pumpfields area, said Nikki Sills, from planning consultancy Zerum, which is advising Nextdom: “The proposed residential accommodation will contribute towards a complementary mix of uses, in a highly accessible location.

“The apartments will contribute towards the mix of residential accommodation within a sustainable city centre location enabling people to live and work in close proximity. The proposed development is fully in keeping with the strategic vision and plan for Pumpfields.”

The proposals include 12,400 sq ft of ground floor commercial and retail space, with parking for 130 cars and a bike space for each apartment.

The development will offer 196 one-bed apartments, with 239 two-bed homes and there will be 18,200 sq ft of amenity between the rear facades of the buildings at podium level.

Revised plans for block A

Ms Sills added: “This is a very sustainable location, with Moorfields underground station just to the south and an easy walk or ride into the business district.

“This will be a genuinely transformative scheme connecting Pumpfields into the wider business district whilst extending regeneration north towards the 10 Streets strategic development zone.”

Quentin Keohane, of Falconer Chester Hall, said: “The design intention is to reintroduce built form to the street edge and provide a complementary development to surrounding land uses and buildings in this area of transition.

“The building has been designed to maximise opportunities for activity on the ground floor and within the street scene.”