Unanimous support for 416-home scheme on derelict land

CGI of Blackstock Street scheme (planning docs)

Liverpool City Council planning committee this morning (April 2) unanimously approved a scheme for 416 apartments in the Kirkdale ward.

The scheme comprises four nine-storey blocks of accommodation and was proposed by land owner, WF Doyle Holdings.

The site, on land at Blackstock Street, Bevington Bush and Paul Street, in the Kirkdale ward, is located in the Pumpfields area of the city centre.

It was previously used for surface parking but is now largely overgrown since the cessation of that use.

The surrounding area is a mixture of mixed-use buildings, such as low-rise warehouses and student housing, as well as car parks and vacant sites, with sporadic commercial buildings.

Proposals include plans for retail, medical/health services, a gym and a local community hub at ground level in the new scheme.

Also proposed is an underground car park with 168 spaces, 10 EV charging spaces, 16 motorcycle spaces and 476 cycle spaces.

The site has been the subject of three previous, unsuccessful, attempts to develop a variety of housing schemes ranging from five to eight storeys.

S106 payments could total more than £1.2m, according to planning notes.

In recommending the scheme for approval, council planning officers said: “The development would enable the regeneration of a large derelict site that is important to the continued redevelopment of Pumpfields.

“It would contribute positively towards a diverse and complimentary mix of uses, in a highly accessible location, and therefore create a sustainable form of development.

“The development accords with planning policy to support development of a larger city centre residential population. The proposed new buildings are of an appropriate scale, height and massing and would create numerous environmental benefits, including the overall appearance of the application site and the surrounding area.”

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