Demolition of historic Carlton Cinema moves a step closer

Tuebrook’s historic Carlton Cinema is set to be raised following lengthy delays after a prior notification application for the demolition of the building was submitted to Liverpool City Council.

The BILT Group is pressing ahead with its plans to clear the site, which lies on the junction of West Derby Road and Green Lane, to pave the way for new housing and retail.

The building, which has not served as a cinema since the early 1980s, also played host to the Coconut Grove nightclub, Lords pub and a bowling alley but now lies dilapidated and covered with scaffolding.

Several proposals to redevelop the site have been tabled over the years, though none came to fruition and the venues have since sustained fire damage and structural issues.

Demolition work is expected to take at least 12 weeks to complete once the prior notification application has been validated.

A statement issued to the council reads: “Approval of this prior notification for demolition will allow the applicant to clear the site in advance of planning permission being granted for its redevelopment.

“In addition the site is in a poor state of repair and whilst BILT have erected full height scaffolding to secure the buildings in the short term. Clearing the site now will speed up the implementation of any consent granted at the site, will ensure that the site is ready for development and also remove an inactive derelict building from a prominent location within the district centre.”

BILT Group is expected to submit a planning application for the redevelopment after the site has been cleared.

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