Plans for 261-apartment Liverpool scheme recommended for approval

Liverpool Town Hall

Plans to develop a scheme providing 261 apartments, one floor of office space, and commercial spaces, on Liverpool’s waterfront, will be considered by the city’s planning committee next Tuesday (December 5), with a recommendation from planning officers for approval.

The proposal is from Liverpool-based Carpenter Investments, and is located on the eastern edge of the Baltic Triangle, fronting the main Wapping highway, on land between Kings Dock Street and Sparling Street.

The development would be a stepped building rising from 11 to 13 storeys with a five-storey podium fronting Wapping. It will also include associated car parking and cycle parking spaces.

The proposed site, described as “neglected”, comprises 2.6 hectares, including a former surface car parking area which had been unused for a number of years but has recently been used for building material storage.

The developer is seeking permission to create 261 apartments on the first to 12th floor levels of the 13-storey scheme, offering 104 one-bedroom units, 71 two-bedroom, 65 two-bedroom duplex units, 11 three-bedroom, and 10 three-bedroom duplex units.

The commercial space provides two units within the lower ground level to be used for mixed uses for flexible purposes, including bar/takeaway functions.

A 55 sq m office space is proposed on the first floor.

The basement area will provide 69 car parking spaces, including 14 accessible space and 10 EVC bays for electric cars. Also, 292 cycle parking spaces are to be provided within the lower ground level.

United Utilities has raised an objection as the development is proposed close to a sludge main on the southern boundary, which the water and wastewater group says is a critical asset.

The group said it will not allow development over this pressurised sludge pipeline, so requires further information and possibly amendments prior to any determination.

However, the applicant disputes there are any pipelines under the development site. Council officers say the two parties must determine the issue between them.

In recommending the application for approval, planning officers say: “It is considered that the proposal offers a high quality, mixed use scheme that would lead to the redevelopment of a long term vacant site, improving the appearance of the built environment and the future offer of the Baltic Triangle and as such would be a regeneration benefit to the local area.”

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