LFC submits plans for Melwood homes

Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has submitted plans for a proposed redevelopment of the club’s first-team training ground at Melwood.

The document submitted to Liverpool City Council applies for outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the West Derby site into up to 160 family homes.

The proposals also include vehicular access from Melwood Drive and Deysbrook Lane, in addition to cycle and pedestrian access from Crown Road.

The application forms part of the club’s plans to bring LFC’s first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site in Kirkby.

LFC says it recognises that Melwood has played a significant role in the club’s history, but the site is limited in terms of space and is unable to accommodate the club’s ambitions for a new first-class combined training facility.

The planning application is expected to be determined by the council’s planning committee later this year.

Should the club be successful in obtaining planning consent, housing developers will be invited to bid to purchase and develop the site.

Is a development of up to 160 family homes what the area needs? We tackled the question in a recent feature.

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