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View along Mildmay Road. Credit: Condy Lofthouse

Sovini aims for 123 Bootle homes

Neil Tague

The housing group has lodged plans for an affordable homes development on a Stanley Road site formerly occupied by cleaning powerhouse Johnsons.

Condy Lofthouse is the architect for the project.

The five-acre plot is derelict apart from the Johnson’s building on one corner, which would be demolished as part of the scheme.

Documents filed with the application refer to the “extensive disrepair” of a building that is comprised mostly of the site’s former west block, built in the 1950s, with a curved edge added in the 1990s.

The whole site has been empty since 2007 and is surrounded on all sides by residential streets.

Sovini’s proposal is for four three-to-four storey apartment blocks marking the corners of the site, with Blocks A and B conjoined fronting Stanley Road. The housing is mostly semi-detached or in short runs of three terraced houses.

The breakdown is 38 one-bedroom apartments, 26 of them affordable rent and 12 rent-to-buy, and 39 two-bedroom apartments (19 affordable rent and 20 rent-to-buy). There would be 28 two-bedroom and 18 three-bedroom houses.

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The scheme viewed from Markfield Road. Credit: Condy Lofthouse

Condy Lofthouse director Andy Armstrong told Place North West: “‘The masterplan proposed by the Sovini Group is focusing on new affordable homes that will provide a mix of properties for the local community.

“The site has lain derelict for far too long and the new homes will form part of an ambitious regeneration project that will be a flagship for the Stanley Road area of Bootle in the coming years. As a local business, we are excited about helping to deliver the project subject to the statutory planning consents and support of Homes England.”

Sovini’s professional team includes Grantley Lowe, responsible for the building fabric report on Johnsons, planning advisor Zerum, OVH, transport advisor Eddisons, ecological consultant Ascerta, noise assessor Hann Tucker, Redmore Environmental, drainage expert Alan Johnston Partnership and Garry Miller Historic Building Consultancy.

The Sovini Group encompasses a number of businesses associated with housing and construction services, including One Vision, which is delivering housing on a former school site in Rock Ferry.

Servite Houses, advised by How Planning, secured consent shortly after Johnsons departed in 2007 for retail and apartments in the existing building, along with further flats and housing on the rest of the site. The consent was refreshed in 2010 but then lapsed.

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Aerial of the five-acre site, where Sovini plans 123 homes. Credit: Condy Lofthouse

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