Plans to turn a derelict city centre plot close to John Moores University into new student accommodation have been recommended for approval by Liverpool City Council next week.
Proposals for the Great Crosshall Street site include converting a former school and constructing new accommodation, which will provide 193 students rooms with ancillary facilities.
A report to be discussed by the planning committee explains that the recommendation on the application is ‘finely balanced’ and that ‘current market conditions favour the ‘student market’ given the extremely high rental returns on these types of properties’.
The report acknowledges that although previous planning permission for 50 residential flats had been secured and that the new development will ‘result in the student population becoming the dominant sector in the area’, it would be ‘difficult to argue why the impacts of an additional student accommodation block would be so prejudicial to existing general residential amenity so as to substantiate a refusal’.
A number of applications have been submitted for the site over the years, from apartments to retail plans. However, the latest work was abandoned in 2007 after initial excavation had taken place and the site has remained vacant ever since.
The Grade-II* listed, St John’s church school building, which was built in 1860’s, is set to be redeveloped under the scheme.