Liverpool John Moores University, which will leave its IM Marsh campus in south Liverpool this summer, is taking forward plans for around 200 homes at the site.
The university is working with CBRE and Planit-IE on working up a planning application for the site, the development being enabled by the move to the development at Copperas Hill, which reached practical completion in March, and the new School of Education building on Maryland Street.
The IM Marsh site houses sporting facilities, along with the faculties of education, community and leisure.
A pre-planning consultation has been launched, which will run until 15 June, allowing people to offer input on what they’d like to see happen at the site, off Mossley Hill Road.
The university said: “The site will be redeveloped and LJMU is committed to leaving a positive legacy in the local community.
“As part of this process, we want to hear from local residents and stakeholders about how we develop an appropriate scheme for the IM Marsh site.
“Once a planning application is submitted to Liverpool City Council, there will then be a formal consultation as part of the usual planning process.
“However, we want to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts before then. We are in the process of preparing a planning application for new housing and public open space at the site and want to hear your views on the draft proposals.”
The grade two-listed Holmefield House and its gardens will be retained in any plans. The plans will also inclue around five acres of open space.
The consultation boards available online added: “The university does not wish to sell the site without being able to influence its development and leave a long-standing legacy,” talking of the desire for a “sensitive residential-led development” that helps meet housing need while providing accessible and connected open spaces.
Included in illustrative masterplan images are areas offering a mix of housing and apartment buildings of up to three storeys, with up to 60 apartments included in a housing-led scheme.
A planning application is expected this summer, with the university vacating in September.
Conerns have been raised locally through forums such as the Mossley Hill Reidents Association over the cumulative effect of various projects coming forward in the area, questioning whether the highways infrastructure can cope.
In October last year the University of Liverpool put its 22-acre Carnatic halls of residence site up for sale, marketed as a “significant” residential development opportunity, while Elan Homes has advanced a 60-home project at the same unviersity’s former Dale Hall site.