Blackstock Street WF Doyle p.planning docs

Diaz Architects is leading on design. Credit: via planning documents

Liverpool tips 416-apartment scheme for consent

Landowner WF Doyle Holdings wants to build four nine-storey blocks off Blackstock Street in the city’s Pumpfields district.

Plans for the Liverpool scheme were lodged in January 2023. Since then, several amendments have been made, including reducing the number of apartments from 420 to 416 and taking a storey off each of the blocks.

The development would provide 224 two-bedroom apartments and 192 with one bedroom. 85 of the apartments would be earmarked for affordable tenures.

The scheme, designed by Diaz Architects, would be located next to Sourced Developments’ Kingsway Square project in a growing area of the city.

Liverpool City Council has recommended the project for approval. The authority’s planning committee will determine the project at a meeting on 2 April.

A report by Liverpool’s planning team concludes that the development “would enable the regeneration of a large derelict site that is important to the continued redevelopment of Pumpfields [and] contribute positively towards a diverse and complementary mix of uses in a highly accessible location”.

Landor Planning is advising the applicant on its proposals.

To learn more about the scheme, search for reference number 22F/3433 on the city council’s planning portal.

The project has been in the works for almost 20 years.

WF Doyle first put forward proposals for the redevelopment of the site in 2005. This iteration of the scheme proposed the creation of 200 flats. It was initially refused by the city council but approved on appeal.

The proposals were revised in 2018 when the developer and project team held pre-application discussions with the city council for 950 flats spread across three blocks ranging from 15 to 18 storeys.

Following talks with city planners the scheme has since been scaled back, resulting in the plans up for approval at the start of April.

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Another positive for the Leeds St district, and would sit easily along the Seine beyond Austerlitz Station, but being Liverpool they have to lop a floor off, but why? Let’s hope it gets through planning and on site asap.

By Anonymous

Another development scaled back by the village council. It’s looks like managed decline by the Labour Council.

By Tom

The council and the planning department continue to hold the city back. Imagine if we had Manchester leadership in this city. Sigh

By Paul87

That looks awful.

By Dr Ian Buildings

@Dr Buildings, you might not like the design but to describe it as “awful” is a bit over the top, it’s a design that is fairly common, and not too dissimilar to the Frank Gehry blocks at Battersea Power Station, but obviously less costly to build.

By Anonymous

Is this just keeping the planning App alive? They have sat on it for many years, maybe the new LLUD will take the land over?

By Land Bank

Another one to regret in the future.

By Bixteth Boy

It does look ugly, whether it’s similar to designs in London or not… They look ugly in London too.

By Darren

Oh dear!! Where is the ambition?

By Giant Skyscraper Fan

Good to see the Mansard roof used prominently in this design, similar to the recent conversion of the old Gordon Smith Institute for Seamen on Cleveland St.
This Baroque style feature, as seen on the Louvre ,was much favoured by Napoleon Bonaparte.

By Anonymous

Absolute eyesore. Looks like kids sandcastles on a muddy beach.
LCC will love this with enough cycle storage

By David

There is no such place as the “Pumpfields district” can you stop referring to this? It’s the Vauxhall district. Pumpfields is a street. Got it?

By David

@ David, April 4th, it’s the Council who keep calling it Pumpfields not PNW, we know it’s Vauxhall, it’s like Ropewalks we all know it’s Bold St and Duke St.
Anyway look forward to the day when Vauxhall gets a Merseyrail Station, try calling that Pumpfields.

By Anonymous

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