Plans to build over 200 apartments in the Baltic Triangle have been recommended for approval despite objections from nearby businesses.
Miami Ltd wants to demolish the former Bogan’s Carpets warehouse on New Bird Street and replace it with a 10-storey development.
The proposals have been recommended for approval at a meeting of Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week (26 June).
An application to build an 11-storey block with 156 apartments plus commercial space at the same site was originally approved at a committee meeting last March.
Since then, the plans have been amended to “enhance the efficiency of the internal layout and arrangement ensuring that a greater density can be achieved”.
A full consultation on the revised proposals was carried out, with Baltic Creative CIC and The Women’s Organisation taking particular issue with the plans.
According to a report set to be discussed by the committee next week, Baltic Creative considers that the use of the commercial units for high street retail/coffee shops would have a “negative impact on the value of the area and investment in creative and digital space”.
The Women’s Organisation also strongly objected saying the plans will “greatly damage the future prospects of the area to develop as a genuinely viable, high quality, vibrant area with a stable business and residential community”.
Recommending the plans for approval, the report states: “Although the application site is designated within the UDP (unitary development plan) as being suitable for industrial uses, the strict adherence to policy has so far failed to attract any new interest in industrial investment.
“It is recognised that allowing alternative forms of appropriate development onto selective sites within the Baltic Triangle can provide an attractive mixed use area to the benefit of the wider area.
“The head of planning is therefore satisfied that the proposed uses are suitable for this location.
“The apartments will contribute to the range of residential accommodation available in the area and the commercial units will build upon the success of the existing creative industry units and contribute towards a sustainable mix of uses in an accessible location, benefiting the local economy, providing enhanced employment prospects and assisting the regeneration of the area.
“Furthermore, the imposition of appropriate mitigation measures, including a sound insulation package, will help to safeguard existing local businesses.”