• planning, Lime Street

Hundreds of new student homes expected to be approved

Hundreds of new student homes could be given the go ahead by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week.

Two proposed accommodation schemes on the corner of Norton Street and Islington and opposite the city’s Lime Street Station are recommended for approval when a planning committee meeting takes place.

Anwyl Construction Limited’s plans for the Norton Street land, which was previously occupied by a National Express Coach Station until last year, would see a 10-storey and a 16-storey building developed to house a total of 566 students.

The accommodation, which would be divided into 88 clusters and 94 studio apartments, would also be accompanied by a gym, dining room, games room, laundry facilities and an office reception area as well as self-contained bin and cycle stores.

A document to be discussed by the planning committee says: “The interim head of planning is satisfied that the proposed development will enable the regeneration of this prominent vacant site in a highly accessible location, benefiting the local economy, providing enhanced employment prospects and assisting in the regeneration of the area.

“The new buildings are of an appropriate scale, height and massing and will cause no harm to nearby heritage assets or other adjoining buildings.”

The plans for the site near to Lime Street Station would see a plot of land currently being used as a surface car park transformed by two new blocks of student accommodation with ground floor commercial spaces suitable for a range of uses.

The proposals for the site, which has frontages to Bolton Street and Skelhorne Street as well as Hilbre Street, include 138 clusters of student accommodation with communal kitchen and living areas as well as 74 studio bedrooms.

Unite Students is behind the plans, and also operates the existing adjoining Grand Central student accommodation complex.

While some concerns have been raised over the impact this development could have on the surrounding area’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, given that some heritage and listed buildings are located nearby, a council planning document says: “The height, scale and design of the building will relate well to the surrounding environment and will be of sufficiently high quality to ensure it contributes positively to the area without any undue impact on existing heritage assets or local environment.

“The scheme will complete the development of the Skelhorne Street triangle which is a vital element in the regeneration of this area of the city centre by removing the existing surface car park and providing an attractive development at the entrance to the city from Lime Street Station.”

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