More than 20 new homes could be built on green space around Liverpool’s Grade II-listed Turner Home if outline plans are given the go-ahead.
Proposals for the Dingle Lane site are recommended for approval by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee during a meeting next Tuesday (21 February).
The open space where 24 new residential properties would be developed is severed by a palisade fence, however it does fall within the private ownership of applicant the Turner Home.
It is surrounded by residential properties to the west and east, the Turner Home to the north and a playground to the south with an AstroTurf pitch and tennis courts.
According to a council document to be considered by the planning committee, the land is currently accessed by residents who are permitted to do so by the Turner Home on an informal basis.
The plans for 20 individual properties and four apartments have attracted objections from a number of local residents and councillors, with the loss of recreational and green space and the impact on highway safety among various concerns.
The report suggests Liverpool City Council will seek to “enhance” green space if the scheme goes ahead, and says: “It is considered that the application site is not publicly accessible at present, other that by the goodwill of the turner home. This proposal will allow for a dedicated area if new public open space to be created which will enhance the overall stock of publicly accessible green space.”
It goes on to conclude: “The interim head of planning acknowledges that this is a finely balanced application and the wider benefits of providing a fully accessible public park (compared to the existing ‘consent of the Turner Home’ scenario) must be weighed against any identified harm to the loss of part of the green space. He is satisfied, however, that the scheme will provide appropriate public benefits to the wider green space in the area.
“He is satisfied that there will be no detrimental impact on the amenity of nearby occupiers, that there is appropriate levels of off-street parking, that there will be no impact on highway safety and that the scheme has been designed to respect the character of the locality and preserve the views to the listed building.”