Supported flats plan approved
AN EYESORE house in Birkdale will be brought back to life after planning permission was granted to convert it to flats.
A two-storey extension will be added to 30 Lulworth Road, and the existing building converted.
In total, the scheme will create 12 homes which will be used as supported accommodation.
Plans involving a threestorey extension were earlier refused by Sefton Council but the amended proposal was approved.
The building has stood empty for several years with boarded-up windows and a large perimeter fence to keep out vandals.
It has fallen into an increasingly poor state but developers will now be able to begin work.
A report commissioned into the condition of the building revealed a long list of damage both internally and externally.
Two letters of objection were sent to the council, raising concerns such as the increased noise caused by the facility and the number of people living there.
But there were also two letters of support from residents welcoming the building being brought back to use and to a better appearance for the area.
In the application, architects Studio KMA stated: “The proposal improves upon the existing site condition and will bring back into use a current vacant, derelict building within the Birkdale Park Conservation Area. The site causes harm to the character and appearance of the site and therefore in urgent need of regeneration.”
The planning officer’s report recommending approval said: “Whilst there have been repairs to this property over the years to stop it deteriorating beyond recovery, it is in need of major investment in order to fully restore it.”
The property in Lulworth Road, Birkdale, will become supported living flats