Allerton Golf Club, Green Circle, p planning docs

The scheme was deemed insensitive by Liverpool planners. Credit: via planning docs

Appeal lodged over Allerton Golf Club hotel refusal 

Liverpool City Council will have to defend its decision to refuse permission for the transformation of the venue’s listed manor house into a 66-bedroom, four-star hotel. 

Allerton Golf Trading, part of Green Circle Leisure, applied for permission for the project in September 2021, having already won approval for a smaller hotel 12 months earlier. 

The developer said the original 31-bedroom proposals were unviable and sought consent to double the size of the hotel, adding a four-storey extension to the listed building. 

In December 2022, that scheme – designed by Brock Carmichael – was refused by Liverpool City Council amid concerns about its scale and the impact it would have on “part of the designated Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge”. 

Now, Allerton Golf Trading is seeking to overturn that decision through a written representations appeal. 

Final comments from the developer and the city council are expected by 24 November. 

The LCC planning portal reference for the project is 21F/2913.

The scheme forms part of Green Circle’s plans for a comprehensive overhaul of Allerton Golf Club. 

In January, the company submitted separate plans to redevelop the 128-acre Woolton facility. The planning application number for the masterplan with Liverpool City Council is 22F/3396.

Roman Summer is advising Green Circle on planning matters. 

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I hope the appeal is successful i use this course its excellent . I despair at a scheme that further enhances the facilities , is a quality addition to south Liverpool yet again LCC are offended ? no one can see this unless you are at the course so what is the problem . Its not a 50p nasty cheap hotel as seen in numerous examples in the city centre . Get it approved and lets celebrate a worth while addition . So frustrating living in the city witnessing this type of LCC dogma .

By Paul M - Woolton

In fairness, the new build element of this is atrocious. Looks like a social housing experiment from the 60s.

By 1981

@1981,you need to get out a bit more, it’s a modern extension on top of a traditional building,”atrocious” I don’t think so. Architecture is about styles evolving and sometimes blending in with what was there already, ever been to the Louvre in Paris and witnessed how a bold move by the authorities paid off and now the Pyramid entrance is just part of the overall complex.
Too many people in Liverpool just want staid,unexciting designs keeping in the rut we’ve been treading for years.
This extension to me is a breath of fresh air, and of course I support the appeal.

By Anonymous

Ref 1981 – i am not an architect and clearly design can be very subjective . I would say my point is the bigger picture of the finished facility will be an asset to a great place to frequent especially in the summer months. Also as previously pointed out other than guests and golfers no one will see the building. LCC approve some truly horrendous shameful schemes such as the Grand Central next to Lime street , what a site meeting visitors that is dreadful. I think your comments are just unnecessary and unhelpful. Why not support and be positive .

By Paul M - Woolton

Looks appalling… city council right to turn it down

By George

The design is really bad, but so was the first one that got approval. With a better design, that doesn’t look like a cheap office block, it would hopefully sail through! These new golf developements would be a good boost for the city.

By Anonymous

Looks awful. For once I agree with the council!

By Green Wedge Reg

south liverpool needs a facility like this modern hotel. There is no quality hotel or function banquet suite available and this is in a stunning setting. Bring it on !

By sue

The Council have got it absolutely right here. This is greedy proposal, using the lame “lack of viability” argument to shoehorn an ugly ill-proportioned shiny shed into a very tight site. Just look at the visuals to see how overbearing the result will be when viewed from the popular and well used public footpath which crosses the golf course. The developers should’ve got their sums right in the first place.

By Larch

Liverpool, as the norm now for many, living in the past, the architectural car stuck in neutral or reverse never wanting to move forwards at any pace.

By Anonymous

It’s in a sheltered setting on a private site and invisible to surrounding housing. It provides a much-needed commercial resource to augment a successful operation and it will create dozens of jobs. But no, that won’t do.

By Sceptical

Its a fab location but neither the food in fletchers bar or in the stables are reflective of the price – its not great!
Why wont 31 rooms suffice? Needs to be higher end and not the Turkey teeth brigade

By Bob Dawson

A hotel would not even be seen from a main road no matter what it will look like it enhances the clubs grounds and brings people and guests to liverpool
What part of protecting the area are rules stating?

By Frank r

This development needs to be approved. The revenues from the bars restaurants,function spaces and new hotel are needed to secure the future of the golf course as a major asset to the area and the city. How long would this area be kept as a beautiful space for walkers and golfers alike if it can not be self sustaining. The work already completed has greatly enhanced the area, Long may it continue.

By Kevin

Larch i despair so you want the design to satisfy dog walkers as they pass ? Embarrassing

By Paul

No thought for the residents who live nearby. Constant noise from sporting events on the big screen very disruptive. Increased traffic on Allerton Road, a narrow & potentially dangerous road. (A motorcyclist was killed at the junction of Allerton Road some years ago). Noisy pedestrians walking past houses at night after having had an evening out. Music from events travels across to the nearby houses, especially in the summer. Apart from the local residents in their houses, nuns in the convent deserve consideration.
Very selfish of the owners to want to increase their profits at the expense of the local community.

By Anonymous

@October 23 2.51am, you must’ve been up late thinking of reasons to refuse this:
Noise, traffic volume, dangerous narrow road with fatal accident some years ago,noisy revellers walking home at night, loud music from events, nuns peace and quiet in nearby convent being disturbed, and finally the audacity of the owners of the complex wanting to make a profit. This is a golf course with a club house and hotel attached, you make it sound like a sleazy joint on the Reeperbahn.

By Anonymous

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