Flats plan refused
PLANS to convert office blocks in Waterloo into more than 60 flats have been rejected on appeal.
Alan Verinder wanted to convert existing office spaces at 1-3 Crosby Road South and extend them to provide 30 and 32 apartments, respectively.
Sefton council planning committee refused both applications in January, citing significant concerns over the design and layout of the proposed extensions, and impacts on heritage assets.
An appeal was lodged but this too has just been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.
The concerns were fully supported by independent inspector Katie McDonald, who noted: “I find that the proposal would be harmful to the host building, and this would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the (Conservation Area). This would be in conflict with the Local Plan for Sefton.”
A separate application by Mr Verinder for costs against Sefton Council was also dismissed.
Dismissing the claim, the inspector noted that Sefton Council had proper regard to the impact on the Conservation Area and found that they had: “exercised their duty to determine the planning applications in a reasonable manner having regard to the particular merits of the cases, taking account of all available information.”
Cllr Daren Veidman, cabinet member for planning and building control, and chair of planning committee, said: “This decision fully vindicated the council’s approach to resisting unacceptable forms of development where harm will result to heritage assets.
“It also fully endorses the council’s consistent approach to assessing all planning applications on their own merits and we welcome all the Planning Inspectorate’s comments in relation to these applications.”
One of the blocks planned for conversion