Consent due for Baltic Triangle student flats

A student accommodation scheme on Norfolk Street in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle is set to be approved, after the original plans were negotiated down from 171 studio apartments to 126.

Applicant Borden Properties submitted the proposals for the block in April last year. Designed by NS Architects, the scheme would be built on the 10,000 sq ft site bounded by Norfolk Street and Watkinson Street.

A disused two-storey warehouse occupying the site is to be demolished, and an eight-storey block is proposed to replace it.

The scheme will total 126 studio flats, and 3,500 sq ft of commercial space.

A planning report accompanying the application, which is earmarked for approval at Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week, highlighted the extent of the development happening around the Baltic Triangle in recent years.

“Since January 2012, £128m has been invested in new developments with a further £62m currently on site. Much of this development has been residential accommodation, in particular student studio apartments. Since 2012 over 1,000 new apartments have been built, with a further 448 on site and over 2,000 more with or seeking planning permission.”

The Planning Studio is advising. Borden Properties is a developer based in Liverpool and the two directors are Jennifer Birch and John Birch.

At the same meeting, Liverpool City Council will again consider proposals from YPG for a student residential scheme on Devon Street. The plans for 218 apartments were approved in August 2017, but no legal agreement was entered into. The designs have now been amended to 208 flats.

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New neighbours at last, the old rusty warehouse it replaces has been an eyesore for a long time.

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