Central Buildings Crosby
The former Central Buildings were demolished in 2008

Sefton rejects Crosby resi 

Dan Whelan

Plans from developers Urban Generation Crosby and Penny Lane Builders to redevelop the site of the former Central Buildings into apartments have been knocked back by the council over a lack of public amenity space. 

The proposals for a four-storey block, containing 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments with retail units on the ground floor, had been recommended for approval by Sefton Council’s planning officers but members of the planning committee voted against the application last week. 

A notice of the decision, issued by Sefton Council, said: “The proposal has an unacceptable level of private amenity space, which will have a detrimental impact on the living conditions of the future occupiers.”

Plus Dane Housing, a Liverpool-based housing association, had been lined up to manage the homes, which would have been made available on affordable rental tenures. 

The Church Road site used to house Crosby’s Central Buildings, which were demolished in 2008 and have lain vacant for the last 13 years. 

In 2006, Maghull Developments won consent to redevelop the site into a mixed-use scheme but the project was never delivered. 

Urban Generation Crosby is headed up by Michael Hanlon, who is also listed as a director of Maghull Developments.

Architect Halsall Lloyd Partnership designed the scheme. 

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With the underutilised, poor quality Sefton MBC Coronation Park a few hundred metres away one would wonder about the thinking of Sefton, on this. They may have a point on a lack of car parking spaces but Crosby doesn’t have a ‘café culture’; what do they want?….. balconies facing the setting sun over the roof of Sainsburys? So much for affordable housing?

By Billy