Planning committee to rule on hotel plan for Municipal Buildings

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee will rule on plans to convert the Municipal Buildings into a four-star hotel next week (30 October).

Singapore-based Fragrance Group Limited (FGL) purchased the Grade II*-listed Dale Street landmark last year.

The property developer submitted plans in June for a 189-room hotel as well as a swimming pool with spa, restaurant and bar, conference hall and ballroom.

A report to the council’s planning committee is recommending the proposals for approval.

If given the green light, works will include alterations and some demolition, alongside the erection of a four-storey extension at the rear of the building (Victoria Street) to provide additional rooms and leisure facilities.

Commending the plans for approval, the report states: “The head of planning is satisfied that the proposed use is acceptable, bringing this important listed building back into use.

“The hotel will add to the diversity of tourist accommodation offer within the city, contributing towards a sustainable mix of uses in an accessible location, benefiting the local economy, providing enhanced employment prospects and assisting the regeneration of the area.

“The proposed extension and internal alterations have been designed in a sensitive manner and are considered appropriate for the listed building.

“The scheme retains the significant elements of the building without harmful alteration. Furthermore, the proposals will bring this recently vacant listed building back into full, beneficial use and will enable the public to have the opportunity to access it.”

Historic England notes the Municipal Buildings for its “vast scale and high-quality eclectic design with Gothic, classical and French influences has produced a building with a commanding street presence, suitably reflecting the importance of the port city”.

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