• St Bernard's, HPBC

Charity’s homes plan for former St Bernard’s church recommended for approval

Plans for a charity to convert Liverpool’s disused St Bernard’s Catholic Church into homes could be given the green light.

The Kingsley Road building in Toxteth was gifted to Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC) earlier this year as it marked its 15th anniversary.

The charity, which previously developed 32 new houses using a combination of self-build, volunteering and corporate philanthropy on a nearby old school site, received the former church from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Working with Onward Homes, HPBC proposes the demolition of the existing church hall to make way for the church to be converted into 11 new homes.

Four new build flats and a detached house would also be developed at the site if the project is approved by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 19 December, as recommended.

The disused St Bernard’s Church on Kingsley Road.

The development, which includes parking provisions, would also feature restoration works to the presbytery following the removal of the church hall.

HPBC previously confirmed it would use its self-build concept, known as ‘sweat equity’ on the St Bernard’s project if it’s given the go-ahead.

The charity’s last scheme saw ‘home partners’ spend 500 hours on helping to build their new homes in return for a £10,000 contribution to their deposit.

A document to be considered by Liverpool’s planning committee says: “The assistant director highways and planning 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.”

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