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Elliot progresses £55m scheme as St James land deal agreed

Charlie Schouten

After agreeing to purchase the council-owned land in Dingle in October, the developer is to submit plans for a £55m, housing-led development next month.

Place North West revealed earlier this year the developer was looking to conclude a deal with Liverpool City Council to buy the vacant site, and with the land purchase now agreed, Elliot has pressed on with mixed-use proposals for the plot.

The proposals around St James Church will see two brownfield sites neighbouring the city’s Baltic Triangle comprehensively overhauled.

The existing grassed-over ‘Flat Iron’ site will include a new public park and children’s play area, with 220 apartments and townhouses proposed in two blocks behind the Cains Brewery on Upper Stanhope Street. Around 10,000 sq ft of workspace targeted at tech and digital occupiers will also be delivered here.

An industrial estate facing Head Street is also to be demolished and replaced with a mix of 130 townhouses and apartments under the plans, which have been drawn up by architect Falconer Chester Hall.

The developer said only 6% of the existing site’s green space will be lost under the proposals, with the existing pocket park on Gore Street to be refurbished and redesigned, while the “overwhelming majority” of mature trees are to be retained.

Subject to planning permission, the developer is targeting a spring 2020 start for the project.

The expected submission of a planning application next month follows extensive consultation with the council and the local community, which has seen the plans rejigged to reflect feedback.

Earlier plans had including a fourth block of apartments on the site’s southern boundary and taller buildings on Head Street, but the additional block was removed while the Head Street buildings have been reduced in height after taking on board community views.

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Alastair Shepherd of Falconer Chester Hall said: “People told us that fly tipping and anti-social behaviour were a real issue. The green spaces in their current form aren’t safe or an enjoyable place to spend time, so a combination of enhanced management and the benefits of passive surveillance from new residents will help deal with that. The community also made practical suggestions to help maintain key views and reduce massing, which we have been able to take on board.”

Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group said: “We’ve had to put our thinking caps on here to deliver a scheme that is right for the neighbourhood. The local community and Cllr Steve Munby have been extremely helpful in guiding us towards an appropriate solution and I’m delighted that we can offer such a comprehensive package with green space at the heart of the masterplan.

“In the three consultation events and a walk-around local people were clear about the type and scale of housing they wanted so we’ve reduced the quantity of homes by 25% and upped our investment in open space.”

The St James Place development has a long history, with a regeneration project launched in 2012 by the council, the Diocese of Liverpool, and the Berkeley Foundation.

This was to include the renovation of the grade two-listed St James Church; residential development on sites one and two; community facilities on the stopped-up Chesterfield Street; redevelopment of the industrial units on site three; and creating a national memorial and visitors’ centre for the victims of the slave trade.

However, work stalled on this redevelopment after it was found the memorial elements of the scheme would cost up to £20m. A registered provider had also been involved in the deal but subsequently withdrew, while the Diocese has also scrapped its plans to restore the church.

The slavery memorial is still being progressed, and the city council intends to ring-fence the receipts from the land sale of St James Place to contribute towards any future memorial project.

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Yet another elliot warehouse with windows. I bet you falconer chester hall are the architects.

By George

Well yes, it tells us that in the article, George.

By Abots

@George illustrating for all to see that he has the attention span of a gnat. Good work, mate.

By Sceptical

Really good to see the Baltic spreading into the Dingle, especially with the workspace elements. I like the ‘ gable’ elevations but not sure about the frontage facing Stanhope Street.

By Liverpolitan

We’ll see what this company is made of when (if) they deliver The Paramount and whether they exasperate the pain on the existing160 leaseholders. They have not made a good start

By Carl

Jesus…is FCH the only Architect in town. The same Architects leads to the same architecture….bad for the cityscape.

By Old Hall Street

Elliot makes it sound like weve all agreed to him building around our home and puttjng us in a gold fish bowl!!! No we havent. We want social housing not flats!!! This is Toxteth… not Dingle!!! Get it right.

By Jade RESIDENT

Toxteth Park stretches historically all the way from Parliament Street to Jericho Lane in Aigburth so the previous commentator is right. Mill Street is normally thought of as Dingle, while Park Road is considered to be Toxteth. This is the border area but it isn’t really a border, just good to see the area coming on and business opportunities expanding.

By Liverpolitan

More ugly buildings that we do not want!!!

By Stacey

It’s Dingle or L8. No one who lives there says Toxteth.

By The Great L8

Great to see investment in this area, integrating it back into the fabric of the city centre, which it originally was part of.

By Louis C

Why develope this here when there are so many undeveloped plots?

By stu

Elliot buying more land off market from LCC

By Mike's mate

Dear Sceptical: Don’t be rude or I’ll tell yer Dad, and he’ll smack your legs, reet proper. You bad lad.

By James Yates

Yes. St. James was the city centre! The David Lewis hospital was across the road, and it had a semi-underground station on the Cheshire Lines for God’s sake, which is to be brought back as the new Baltic/St.James on the Northern Line.

By Liverpolitan

Incidentally, George Stephenson built the Liverpool-Manchester Railway from here. He had his house a couple of blocks away, 2 mins walk up Upper Parliament Street. The house still stands and there is a blue plaque. Trials for his prototype of Stephenson’s Rocket were held at Otterspool prior to the Rainhill Trials.

By Liverpolitan

For any local (by that i mean living within a street or 2 of the development) residents, how can you possibly be opposed to positive development on what’s currently brownfield land? I was there 2 days ago and even just replacing it with a tarmaced over surface car park would be an improvement over the moss surface over old foundations that it essentially is now. You live within a CITY centre that has only become less dense in a few decades post industrial decline, that is what changed the original character of the first buildings ever built there, that were largely commercial etc. The area is now just recovering to what it should have always been as its baseline.

By Anonymous

I agree with the architect that the present open space s neither safe nor pleasant – there’s more mud, dog mess and empty whisky bottles than grass. As for Head Street, what a sh*thole, about time it came down.

LL

By Liver lad

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