Proposal to convert student houses back to private ownership

Plans to return 23 Georgian terraced houses in Liverpool to private occupation have been submitted by Hollinwood Homes to Liverpool City Council.

The homes, which are spread across Falkner and Catharine Streets, have in recent years been used as student accommodation, and now Hollinwood Homes, part of the Marcus Worthington Group, wants to turn them back into privately owned dwellings.

The 23 properties will keep their external appearance, with the majority of the work being done internally to transform them into townhouses, all with private gardens.

The scheme is part of a wider £50m development by Marcus Worthington Group and the University of Liverpool in the surrounding area that includes building new student accommodation for 354 students in the Philharmonic Court complex, off Catharine Street.

There will be another phase at Great Newton Street which will see the transformation of a former car park and disused university property into a further 267 student bedrooms in a new building of four connected blocks.

Both the Philharmonic Court and Great Newton Street schemes are being dealt with under separate planning applications.

Mark Chadwick, residential development director of Hollinwood Homes, said: said: "We've completed extensive research into the types of properties that would meet the local housing needs in this area and have discovered that the best use would be to restore them back into townhouses.

"This area is hugely popular and by bringing these homes back into use, we are not only helping to regenerate part of Liverpool, we are providing some much-needed, high quality homes that are modern and desirable on the inside, but retain their distinctive characteristics on the outside."

Reinstatement of the Georgian terraces is due to be completed in 2016. Philharmonic Court is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015; Great Newton Street in September 2014.

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By Mush

That is the best redevelopment plan I have seen in years. Crack on and extend that idea. That stock is an unpolished diamond and could be transformed.

By Adrian

These will make such fabulous homes. There are so many more like it with great potential. Despite the blitz Liverpool still has more Georgian buildings than Bath!

By Northerner

Yes fab houses! Many occupied as houses so this will life a lot more bearable for those currently living in the house as a whole – who may have a number of flats in the adjacent building! Always difficult if you have someones flat/living room next to your bedroom and this has put me off these houses before! I would definitely consider one now! Especially if retain the features on a house by house basis where they can! Lovely area! Great little pubs and restaurants!

By Stevie Baines

Really great plan can’t wait to see them finished.

By Louise

This will be a stunning development once complete. There will be a show house which should be ready in July 2014. Please contact 0151 231 6100 or to register your interest.

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