Flats plan re­fused

Midweek Visiter - - St Joseph’s Hospice -

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

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