Hundreds of waterfront city centre apartments set to be approved

Plans for hundreds of apartments in Liverpool city centre are set to receive approval from the council next week.

The local authority’s planning committee will meet next Wednesday to consider proposals from Peel and Your Housing Group to build a block with 276 apartments at Princes Dock.

The site was once the home of a proposal to build the massive Shanghai Tower skyscraper, which would have had 55 storeys. The current plans would see a tower 31 storeys high built, with another, smaller, 11-storey section next to it.

It is part of the wider Liverpool Waters project, a massive scheme aimed at redeveloping docklands that run from the city centre up to Bramley Moore Dock, Everton’s chosen location for its new stadium.

Peel owns the land that the tower will be built on, while Your Housing Group will operate the apartments

A report, submitted to the council with the application earlier this year, says: “The location offers prospective residents an outstanding range of advantages. It combines the spectacle and invigoration of a world-class waterfront landscape on three sides and the unmistakable Liverpool skyline on the fourth side, with the two worlds meeting in a high quality public realm thronged with visitors.

“This is set to ramp up even more very shortly with completion of the cruise liner terminal, which will increase footfall greatly and introduce a truly exceptional visual thrill for those with a window overlooking the dock.

“With the Liverpool Commercial Business District only a very short walk away employment opportunities are abundant and convenient.”

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There have been 39 objections to the plans and local councillors have also made requests about the specifics of the design – but officers have recommended it for approval.

The planning committee will meet next week to consider the plans as well as other developments on St Anne Street in Everton and at the city’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

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