• Elliot Group, Norfolk Street, Liverpool

Green light welcomed on new homes for city

The approval of a new £50 million Baltic Triangle apartment scheme gives “greater clarity” on how future proposals will be viewed for the district, according to the developer.

Elliot Group’s plan for 253 homes and an ‘entrepreneurial hub’ was given the go-ahead at Liverpool City Council’s planning committee meeting yesterday (19 April), after initial designs had been reviewed to protect views of the iconic Liverpool Cathedral.

After a collaborative review with Liverpool City Council and Historic England helped secure the green light for the Falconer Chester Hall-designed scheme, which will overlook the city’s south docks, Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group says: “[Liverpool City Council] managed the process in a very consensual way which enabled all parties to derive benefits from it.  We were put on our mettle but the result is a better scheme for the city.

“We’re delighted with the outcome of the planning hearing, not just for the consent itself but because it gives us greater clarity with regards to how the council will view possible future proposals from us in Baltic.”

The two 15 and 14-storey blocks will be developed alongside Elliot Group’s two other Norfolk Street developments totaling 256 apartments and studios and 6,000 sq ft of office space, which are said to be ahead of schedule as work is being carried out by main contractor Newry Construction.

During yesterday’s meeting permission was also granted to transform the city centre’s Grade II*-listed Orleans House office building into 71 new “high-end” apartments with basement parking facilities.

The Edmund Street scheme by property firm Bruntwood will aim to retain the historic building’s character and “revitalise its fortunes for many years to come”.

Following the planning decision Colin Foreshaw, head of property at Bruntwood which is also behind the commercial district’s Cotton Quarter office scheme, says: “We also hope its renaissance will play a key role in wider plans to create a vibrant cluster of residential and commercial spaces around the Cotton Quarter and in turn provide a catalyst to accelerate the day and night time economy of the commercial district.”

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