Liverpool FC’s scaled-back plans to host up to six concerts or other major events at Anfield each summer have been given approval for a two-year trial period by the city council.
The original plans for up to 10 events were recommended for approval by officers ahead of August’s planning committee, but members went against officer recommendation and resolved to refuse planning permission on the grounds that “the proposed development would have a significant detrimental impact on the amenity of existing residential occupiers and would have a significant negative impact on the local transport and highway network”.
LFC’s advisor Turley submitted additional information outlining the measures LFC is prepared to take to mitigate against impacting the neighbourhood. This includes a ward councillors’ forum, a concerted campaign to promote good behaviour through messaging in and around the ground, and enhanced CCTV, as well as a grassroots fan campaign to try and improve behaviour on LFC matchdays.
The application was discussed for more than an hour as members sought answers on travel, parking, littering and late-night alcohol sales before approval was granted. The club has also committed to funding a specific community liaison officer, having come under fire for losing touch with its community.
A residential project from YPG, the third phase of Brunswick Park to the south of the city centre and the conversion of the Gostins Building on Hanover Street were also approved, while a sheltered housing project in Everton was deferred to allow a site visit.
Gostins Building, Hanover Street
Developer: Hanover Holding
Architect: Niboco/Studio RBA
Planner: Roman Summer Associates
Hotel rooms: 154
Scheme: The ground to sixth floors are to be converted to a 154-bdroom hotel, the seventh floor converted to 11 apartments, and a further 36 apartments coming in a four-storey rooftop extension that will bring the building roughly up to the height of its neighbour, the Novotel.
Developer and architect: YPG Developments
Landscape architect: Layer
Storeys: 7 to 10
Scheme: YPG’s application is a resubmission of a scheme approved in 2017, with changes made to the make-up of the project. The scheme comprises three blocks, with the ten-storey Block A to house 79 one-bed, 47 two-bed and 110 studio apartments; the ten-storey Block B to house 87 one-bed apartments, 70 studios and two retail units; and the seven-storey Block C housing 56 studios. The site neighbours YPG’s Devon Street project.
Developer: Carpenter Investments
Architect: L7 Architects
Planner: The Planning Studio
Storeys: Six to eight
Scheme: The proposal covers phase three of Carpenter’s New Brunswick Village scheme and is bound by Grafton Street, Park Street, Caryl Street and Brunswick phase two. The site is currently vacant and classed as brownfield.
Liverpool FC, Anfield
Scheme: The club will be able to host up to six events between May and July, with a capacity of up to 50,000 depending on configuration – events could include American Football, rugby or boxing. Events would take place before the pitch is relaid before each football season.
West Derby Road
Apartments: 115 sheltered housing flats
Storeys: Two to six
Developer: West Tree Estates
Architect: Falconer Chester Hall
Scheme: The site bound by West Derby Road, Caird Street and Grant Gardens, with the developer proposing two blocks, one of two to four storeys, the other of four to six. The proposal has received 44 letters of objection, plus a 150-strong petition.