The Baltic Triangle Area CIC has withdrawn its objection to a 505-apartment scheme in Liverpool after reaching an agreement with the project’s developer Legacie.
Legacie’s proposals for four apartment blocks on a plot bordering Greenland Street, Parliament Street, and Great George Street stretch to 18 storeys in height and feature more than 500 apartments.
The plans, featuring blocks of 18, 12, 10, and eight storeys designed by architect Falconer Chester Hall, also include 12 commercial units at ground floor level with 21,000 sq ft in total.
Legacie’s application had been recommended for approval by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee last week, but a decision was deferred pending a site visit, amid objections from local groups including the Baltic Triangle Area Community Interest Group.
The group has held discussions with Legacie over the past week to address issues with the scheme, including ensuring safer pedestrian crossings of Parliament Street; the group and the developer have also determined with Merseytravel that the land for the development would not be needed as part of a project to re-open St James Street railway station.
Legacie has also agreed to retain public art on the site as it brings forward the development.
As a result, the CIC has agreed to withdraw its objection to the scheme, which is likely to return to the planning committee in the coming months.
Liam Kelly, chair of Baltic Triangle Area CIC said: “Working collaboratively is the bread and butter of the Baltic Triangle. It’s the reason the area is one of the fastest growing clusters in the UK.”
“Given the opportunity, Legacie and the Baltic Triangle Area CIC worked together to resolve and protect ambitions for how The Baltic Triangle can continue to grow and be an asset for Liverpool City Region”
“This past week has shown the power of respectful collaboration. Even in the face of disagreement, progress can still be made. The Baltic Triangle is an example for the whole region to look, with lessons learned to be applied elsewhere.”
A spokesperson for Legacie Developments said: “We are pleased to have discussed the project in greater detail with the Baltic Area CIC and reassured them of our deep commitment to producing a quality development.
“Our plan for Greenland Street will create a brilliant mix of new homes, leisure and retail as well as a public plaza that will further improve the locality. We are also very much looking forward to working in partnership with the Biennial on creating a new piece of public art.”