Developer Crossfield Exclusive’s plans for 74 apartments at the central Crosby site look set for approval next week.
Crossfield bought the Moor Lane office/retail building from Str Modwen in May 2020 for £1m. Plans were submitted this April for a new-build project, featuring 11,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space at ground floor and 74 apartments on the upper floors, with a rooftop garden.
Studio RBA is the architect. The development is to be part four storeys, part five.
The plans are recommended for approval when Sefton Council’s planning committee meets on 20 October, with the condition that around £200,000 is paid towards off-site affordable housing in the borough – local policy is for a third of new residential developments to be affordable, a total the applicant says is unviable at this site. The developer said it has approached five registered providers, none of whom were interested.
Other issues facing planners are the shortfall, in the context of the supplementay planning document, in outdoor amenity space provided (made up for by proximity to other spaces) and how the proposed construction relates to neighbours such as the art deco-influenced Glenn Buildings.
These were revamped under St Modwen’s ownership, before the developer exited Crosby.
Around 120 neighbours were consulted on the Crossfield plans, with 52 of the 57 responses being in favour of the development.
In recommending approval, offices note that “the scheme offers a range of economic benefits and would be a stimulus for further redevelopment in Crosby”.