Revised Herculaneum Quay plans recommended for approval

Revised plans for a 16-storey apartment block at Herculaneum Quay are expected to be approved by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week.

Fresh proposals for the long delayed scheme include an increase to the number of flats and the creation of a two-storey building which will house a residents’ gym, swimming pool and spa.

Construction on the waterfront scheme originally began in 2007 but was halted following the economic crash with the steel frame only completed up to four-storeys.

The council’s planning committee will next week (22 November) consider an application from the developer Herculaneumco which differs from the original plans submitted in 2003.

According to the application, the development will rise to 16-storeys at its highest point, whilst still reaching the same height as the 15-storey scheme previously proposed.

The increase in storeys means the number of flats can also go up from 101 to 119, with a greater proportion of two and three-bedroom apartments than first planned.

The new plans also include space for five commercial units.

However, Councillor Steve Munby comments in the report to be debated at next week’s meeting that “this is an extremely controversial development, arousing great concern among residents both for the plans per se and the precedent it sets in terms of height”.

He adds: “A 16-storey building is too high and would impact negatively upon views of the city and from Dingle, and should be capped at eight storeys.”

Despite Cllr Murphy’s view and a number of letters of objection from local residents, the revised scheme has been recommend for approval.

A report by the council’s planning department says: “The site has remained in a half constructed/semi-derelict condition for almost a decade, making a poor visual contribution to its wider riverfront setting.

“This latest proposal creates the opportunity to regenerate this long-term derelict site with a residential and commercial scheme that is still land-use compliant.

“Furthermore, a greater amount of retail, food and drink, and office floorspace with associated external terraces will enable greater animation and public access with the waterfront, thereby creating a more active and vibrant development.”

The planning committee meeting will take place at Liverpool Town Hall on 22 November at 9.45am.

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