Plans filed in 2019 for a 174-bedroom hotel close to Everton’s proposed Bramley-Moore Dock stadium have been rejected by the city council.
The proposal was put forward by advisor Landor Planning Consultants on behalf of applicant FSF Estates for a narrow triangular site at 51 Sandhills Lane, 800m from the Everton site.
Set in a largely industrial area, one noted as such as in Liverpool’s 2002 unitary development plan, the 0.4-scre Kirkdale site currently houses hardstanding and a vacant three-storey building of around 24,000 sq ft. Bordered on its western side by the railway, Goggins’ transport yard sits to the east.
What had been proposed was a hotel of eight storeys at its tallest point, visible from the nearby Sandhills station platforms, which would include 114 standard rooms, 42 family rooms and 18 large standard rooms.
Two reasons were given for refusal: the loss of industrial/business space, and that the height, scale and massing would be out of character for the area.
Landor’s planning statement argued that the principle of development is acceptable “on the basis that the proposed hotel development would regenerate an under-utilised site and is compatible with the wider regeneration initiatives for the northern dock area”. Everton’s stadium was approved in February.
A feasibility study from Knightsbridge Property Group added that “the scheme provides a strong presence and will act as a visual key on this prominent site”.
The professional team also included CC Geotechnical and transport consultant Vectos.