North Liverpool set for student resi boom

A 350-bedroom student accommodation scheme in Everton Park is one of four large residential projects which have been recommended for approval at Liverpool City Council’s planning committee meeting next week.

At Iliad Street, Nobles Construction is seeking planning consent for the seven-storey scheme on the site of its current headquarters. The company is looking to relocate and plans to use the sale of the site to fund its expansion.

The project is designed by Halsall Lloyd Partnership, and Roman Summer Associates is the planner.

Liverpool city centre has seen a wave of planning approvals for student accommodation schemes over the last two years, leading some to express concern about the impact on the surrounding areas.

Due to the Iliad Street scheme’s close proximity to student residential complex Jamworks at City Point, the council has received a letter of concern from Cllr Jane Corbett about the “intensification of student accommodation” in the area.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval at Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 9 February.

Also near to Jamworks, Primesite Developments is bringing forward plans for 40 flats as part of its Fox Street Village student accommodation scheme. The site is next to the Swainbanks building, which Primesite is converting into 500 studio apartments.

At the same meeting, the council is expected to give the green light to the latest proposal from Elliot Group, a £15m residential-led project on the corner of Falkner Street and Bedford Street, on the former site of the Toxteth Community College.

Designed by Falconer Chester Hall, the scheme will deliver 109 flats over four floors, with 8,000 sq ft to be occupied by women’s training organization and social enterprise Blackburne House on the ground floor.

Blackburne House currently occupies the former Liverpool Institute High School for Girls further along Falkner Street and has been looking for space to expand its range of training programs and social enterprise initiatives.

Meanwhile, on the site of the Notre Dame Catholic School in Everton Valley, affordable housing developer One Vision is proposing 24 flats, four bungalows and 28 two-storey houses.

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By Bob Dawson

It is interesting that Jane Corbett is concerned about the intensification of student in Everton. This is not over a small space and will bring to life areas that are deserted at night. Unused. My only fear is for the students. It is not an area that welcomes such types.

By Bob Dawson

Nothing wrong with student accommodation. Frees up housing stock for families, and the hope should be that students stay and put their skills and knowledge to use in the local economy. Good to see this land use extending beyond the usual student areas.

By syntax

Blackburne House aren’t leaving their current site – the new Beford Street site is an expansion


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