Student homes drive continues in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council is due to approve the development of a further 190 student bedrooms in Marybone at its planning committee meeting on Tuesday 12 January.

The decision on the scheme at 55-63 Great Crosshall Street by Bridgewater Services was deferred from a planning committee meeting in November to allow for a site visit.

The plot is made up of a grade two-listed former schoolhouse for St John’s Church, and the site of a warehouse which was demolished to make way for an earlier residential scheme which stalled in 2007 when the developer entered administration.

The schoolhouse dates back to the 1860s.

Bridgewater’s proposal is to convert the schoolhouse into flats and build a part five-, six- and eight-storey block to provide 193 student rooms, made up of 31 studios and 29 cluster units, designed by Falconer Chester Hall.

The development is near to a student accommodation scheme of 400 bedrooms currently under construction, also designed by Falconer Chester Hall and being delivered by Watkin Jones Group.

Bridgewater’s plans received objections from local residents and Councillors Nick Small, Sharon Sullivan and Christine Banks, stating that they considered “like the majority of the residents, that Marybone has been overdeveloped with student accommodation”.

However, according to a report ahead of the committee meeting, “whilst the head of planning recognises the different characteristics and lifestyles between students and other residential occupiers, in land use policy terms the Liverpool UDP does not differentiate between student and non-student living”.

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