Housing People Building Communities’ (HPBC) plans to convert Liverpool’s former St Bernard’s Church into homes could be approved next week.
The charity, which helps people onto the property ladder with its ‘sweat equity’ initiative, is working with Onward Homes on the proposed Kingsley Road project.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee will consider the application to convert the church into 11 new homes following the demolition of the existing church hall during its meeting on Tuesday 13 March.
The plans also include the development of four new build flats and a detached house with associated parking and landscaping, as well as restoration works to the presbytery following the removal of the church hall.
HPBC previously developed 32 affordable homes at a nearby Kingsley Road and Alt Street site, with ‘sweat equity’ enabling homebuyers who would otherwise struggle to save for a deposit to receive discounts in return for them contributing time and labour to the building project.
Recommended the project for approval subject to conditions, a report to be considered by the planning committee says the local authority’s assistant director for highways and planning (ADHP) “considers that the proposal will deliver social housing in a very bespoke way that fully engages with and will support a strong community.
The document adds: “The ADHP is satisfied that the scheme would be an appropriate form of development within the area and would not have any significant undue impact on local residential amenity.
“The height, scale and design of the new buildings would relate well to their surroundings and would be of sufficiently high quality to ensure it contributes positively to the area.
“The proposal will also bring a vacant building back into beneficial use and the proposals are satisfactory from a traffic and highway safety viewpoint.”