Sandhills Hotel, FSF Estates, P.planning Docs
The hotel would be located close to Everton's new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock. Credit: via planning documents

Developer returns with revised Liverpool hotel plans 

Dan Whelan

FSF Estates has scaled back its Sandhills hotel scheme, cutting the number of rooms from 174 to 134 after the city council rejected the proposals last year. 

The developer has revised the scheme, which it hopes will capitalise on increased footfall in the area driven by Everton FC’s relocation to Bramley-Moore Dock, half a mile away. 

Liverpool City Council refused the earlier application, which rose to eight storeys. The council cited the scale of the project as one of its reasons for refusal. 

The half-acre triangular site on Sandhills Lane site is currently occupied by a 24,000 sq ft warehouse, which would be demolished to make way for the hotel. 

The loss of this industrial space was also listed by the council as a reason for refusal. 

FSF has now lodged a revised application for a six-storey hotel with 89 standard bedrooms, 20, family bedrooms, 16 large bedrooms and nine accessible bedrooms. 

A planning statement from consultancy Landor Planning said the scheme “will make a positive impact on the local economy”. 

The statement adds that the 52,000 sq ft hotel would “meet an identified need” as the wider area undergoes regeneration driven by the Everton stadium project. 

Knightsbridge Property Group is also advising FSF on the project.

Everton’s 53,000-capacity stadium was approved in February last year and construction has now started. 

Looking to learn more? The application’s reference number with Liverpool City Council is 21F/3536.

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Glad to see this is back in for planning, but once more we see the height restriction fanatics appeased again, so now it`s 6 storeys instead of 8, wasn`t the introduction of government commissioners meant to stop these strange outcomes based on the views of short sighted locals and sub standard councillors.

By Anonymous

Height restriction fanatics? Strange outcomes? Short sighted locals?

Oh dear.

By Verum

This instance by Unelected Planning Officers to continually insist on height reductions is seriously damaging to the City of Liverpool’s reputation as a global City. This is especially so now we don’t have the restriction of UNESCO . The Mayor of Liverpool needs to address this issue and make a public statement on this matter. This would just not happen in other major cities.

By David LL

I think as has been pointed out elsewhere the time for tall buildings has galloped over the horizon. They may cost in in bigger cities but not in Liverpool and especially not now. That ship has well and truly sailed.

By Windymcboatface