Sup­ported flats plan ap­proved

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

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

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