Apartments at Carla Lane’s former Childwall home recommended for approval

A new apartment development at the former Childwall home of screenwriter Carla Lane is set to go before Liverpool City Council’s planning committee.

Proposals to demolish Maldon Lodge on Woolton Road, which dates back to the 1800s, and replace it with 24 flats will be discussed at a meeting next week.

The plans, which have been recommended for approval subject to a legal agreement and conditions, have encountered opposition from local residents, amenity groups and councillors due to the site’s historic interest.

The Childwall Resident’s Association has objected to the project on the grounds that it was once home to the writer of ‘The Liver Birds’ who died in 2016, arguing that the building should be listed to commemorate her.

However, the head of planning has recommended the application is granted as the development will contribute “positively to the character of the local area”.

Elsewhere, the council could greenlight plans to extend the Hope Street Hotel and former School for the Blind in Liverpool city centre in a move which would see 12 additional hotel rooms, 26 aparthotel suites and ancillary accommodation added to the first and second floors.

Also recommended for approval in the city centre are proposals for a multi-storey carpark with space for 333 vehicles across five floors on Victoria Street, which will also include space for motorcycles and bicycles as well as shops, cafes and restaurants.

In Kirkdale, a residential development on Woodhouse Close off Walton Road comprising seven homes in a terraced block and a three-storey complex containing 24 flats with vehicular access has been earmarked for approval subject to conditions and legal red tape.

The planning committee will also review recommendations to greenlight the conversion of the derelict Cabin public house in Kirkdale into a 10-bedroom house for multiple occupancy.

Meanwhile, the conversion of 217-229 County Road into 14 flats is recommended for approval subject to a legal agreement and conditions.

The planning meeting is scheduled to take place at Liverpool Town Hall on 10 January.

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