Maghull submits scaled-down Hope Street hotel plans

Michael Hunt

Maghull Developments has submitted a revised planning application for a scaled-down hotel scheme for Liverpool city centre.

The new proposals would see the Hahnemann Building at 42 Hope Street and its neighbour 58 Hope Street converted into a four star 50-bedroom boutique hotel with bar, restaurant and day-spa.

The revised plans follow Maghull Developments' earlier application for a 62-bedroom hotel, which was withdrawn in 2008 when the building was granted Grade-II listed status.

In a statement released today, Michael Hanlon, managing director of Maghull Developments, said: "We've considered the comments made in respect of the previous applications very carefully. Local businesses, stakeholders and residents made some very interesting observations and suggestions and we've taken many of these on board in the new scheme.

"We've spent considerable time and money revisiting the application with the help of a newly appointed architect and are confident that we're bringing forward a commercially viable scheme that embraces the feedback and complements the surrounding area. In particular we've reduced the scale of the new build extension and are proposing a boutique hotel of the very highest standard of design, operation and service.

"Our whole vision for Hope Street was borne out of extensive consultation with the city council's planning and conservation officers, English Heritage and various resident groups and we are hopeful these modifications will meet with the approval of all parties."

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