The Keel Phase 2
Brock Carmichael is the architect behind Keel phase two. Credit: via planning documents

PLANNING | Liverpool tipped to approve 740 homes next week 

Dan Whelan

The second phase of Glenbrook and Baring’s The Keel, and nearly 200 homes at Stanley Dock are in line for consent, while Elliot Group’s Falkner Street scheme returns to committee. 


The Keel phase two

The Keel Phase Two, Glenbrook, P.planning Docs

The apartments would be spread across two eight-storey buildings; 206 of the flats would have one bedroom and the remaining 51 would have two. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Glenbrook and Barings Real Estate 

Planner and architect: Brock Carmichael 

The developer, alongside investor Barings Real Estate, reapplied for planning consent for the second phase of the Queens Dock development in Liverpool last August, after permission for the 257-apartment project lapsed. 

The apartments would be spread across two eight-storey buildings; 206 of the flats would have one bedroom and the remaining 51 would have two. 

The resubmitted plans for the second phase of Keel are much the same as the original application, approved in 2016, with some minor changes to internal floor layouts, according to Glenbrook. 

Barings Real Estate bought the completed 170,000 sq ft first phase of Glenbrook’s development in 2018.  

Formerly home to HMRC, the first phase of the Keel was Liverpool’s first PRS development and features 240 homes. 

Barings paid Moorfield £46.75m for the development, in an acquisition that also included the site earmarked for the second phase, and retained Glenbrook as the development partner for the subsequent phase.


Falkner Street 

Falkner Street, Elliot, P.via Planning Docs

The homes are to be spread across two six-storey blocks. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Falkner Street Developments 

Planner: Zerum 

Architect: Falconer Chester Hall 

Headed up by Elliot Lawless, the project features plans for 105 apartments and 182 student flats. 

The scheme was recommended for approval in 2019 subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement. No formal decision notice has been granted in the intervening period. 

However, the Section 106 agreement is now ready and as such, Liverpool City Council’s planning committee must meet to determine the application again due to the amount of time that has passed since the initial approval in principle. 

The homes are to be spread across two six-storey blocks. 

Block A will comprise 105 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as a gym. 

Block B will house the student accommodation, made up of 63 apartments featuring 182 student bedrooms. 

Other amenities in Block B include a lounge, laundry facilities and a gym. 

The plot is currently occupied by a former church and a probation centre, both now closed.  It was acquired with vacant possession at auction and sits within the Canning Street Conservation Area. 


Stanley Dock 

Stanley Dock Lightbody Street, Tours, P.via Planning Docs

Plans for the scheme were lodged in August 2020. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Torus 62 

Planner: Cushman & Wakefield 

Architect: Tim Groom Architects 

Affordable homes provider and developer Torus wants to redevelop two acres of former industrial land close to Liverpool’s Stanley Dock into a 195-home, £30m project. 

Plans for the scheme, located on a 1.7-acre site off Lightbody Street at the start of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, were lodged in August 2020. 

The proposals comprise 185 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments within five interconnected blocks. Two of the blocks reach five storeys and the other three rise to six and a half. 

In addition, Torus also proposes the creation of 10 townhouses fronting the canal, as well as 7,700 sq ft of commercial space. 

The site, close to Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel, features several disused railway arches that could be converted into retail units. 

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Stanley Dock is delightful. I could see myself living there.

By Liverpool Romance

Yes! Keep it coming! Looks great

By David

Stanly Dock will be a excellent site for affordable housing. Liverpool should be a leader in affordable housing. Fancy apartments are not what this city is about.

By Anonymous

Just to point out that at the same planning meeting there is a presentation of a refusal by the council committee, in opposition to the planning officer`s recommendation, regarding a proposal to develop 11 3 siorey town houses on Roseberry Street in Toxteth because the locals don`t like it.
They say it is too high and not keeping with the local area, and there is not enough parking provision, in other words they don`t want any outsiders moving in who might have money.
I thought the government commission was meant to stop this nonsense.

By Anonymous

Stanley Dock scheme from Tim Groom Architects looks superb. More please.

By LEighteen

“Fancy apartments are not what this city is about.” What nonsense. There is nothing wrong with affordable housing neither should we not want inspirational more expensive housing stock. . The city is desperately lacking a vision to create and attract quality companies and jobs. I am genuinely saddened to see our city falling so far behind Manchester we are literally withering away especially with the pathetic council and failed developments . Hospitality jobs or another Beatles attraction is not the way forward ,

By Paul M

Re the Torus development near Stanley Dock at Lightbody St, this looks a great project and will be a breath of fresh air in this area, and should provide quality, stylish homes for buyers, shared-owners, and renters, and hopefully bring some new residents into the area, as it needs a shake up
There is too much boring suburban housing in that area, and the scale of the new development will is a welcome change..

By Anonymous

Great looking development. Looks like something you’d see in Stockholm or Copenhagen, in the second picture down.

By Elephant

The canal water in this area needs looking at, a possible planning gain option. It was terribly littered and had some dead wildlife in it the last time I went through there on the bike. Not nice for possible buyers and nearby hotel guests.

By Anonymous

Yes agree, affordable housing is what Liverpool should be about. This is a city with grit and its history deep in the working class movement not some rich developers plaything trying to emulate a poor mans Stockholm. We’ll done to the council for keeping some of it real.

By Tufty

I like it but isn’t this a high flood risk area?

By Anonymous