Norton scrap yard scheme nears approval 

Chaloner Street Developments’ plan to redevelop the former Norton scrap metal site in Liverpool city centre into a 650-home mixed-use scheme has been earmarked for sign-off by the council. 

The two-acre site on the corner of Chaloner Street and Parliament Street is derelict and fenced off. 

The three-block scheme would range in height from 15 to 25 storeys and forms part of the wider regeneration of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district. 

The proposal comprises:

Block A – 25 storeys, 206 apartments, and 2,400 sq ft of commercial space 

Block B – 15 storeys, 204 apartments, 13,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground and first floors, and an art gallery 

Block C  – 15 storeys, 228 apartments, and a 204-bedroom, 80,000 sq ft hotel  

The developer’s original application filed to Liverpool City Council included a 32-storey block, but the height of the scheme has since been scaled back. 

In addition, the application outlines plans for a 178-space car park. Once completed, the scheme would create around 250 jobs, according to the developer. 

MCAU is the architect and The Planning Studio is advising on planning. 

Conservation body Historic England has raised concerns over the project, claiming it could cause a moderate level of harm to Liverpool Cathedral nearby. 

“The proposed tower, even reduced in height, would still impact on the dominance of the cathedral, a visual reflection of the power of the church and Liverpool itself,” according to Historic England. 

Chaloner Street Developments is headed up by directors Robert Taylor and former Liverpool footballer Sean Highdale.

In August, Taylor and Highdale lodged plans for 86 apartments across two blocks on the corner of Blundell Street and Simpson Street in the Baltic Triangle, under the Blundell Street special purpose vehicle.

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Shame about height reductions and scale, however if the quality in materials and detailing along with very good public realm is there then this could still be a very good scheme.

By Anonymous

With scaling it back it’s just gonna look like a clump of buildings. Damn UNESCO!! It’s typical of Liverpool though. That joke, the “Spine in Paddington Village was supposed to be 25 floors but the council cut it to 15 now it’s 13.

By George

Shocking! All in the name of development. Regrettable within five years.

By Bixteth Boy

Scaled back. Just typical local nimbyism. Sigh.

By Michael McDonut

With scaling it back it’s just gonna look like a clump of buildings. Damn UNESCO!!

By George

Why try to drown out Liverpool’s truly incredible Anglican Cathedral?
Tall skyscrapers, I feel, are not appropriate in this area. The Docks, yes (though the architectural quality of most of those proposals are, sadly, very run-of-the-mill).
People go to Liverpool for its rich and pioneering architecture. The city is better than this.


This will help create a good sized cluster in the Parliament St area with the current developments and future ones planned down to Sefton Street.

By On the Dock

Looks brilliant but this UNESCO label looming over Liverpool needs to go. The reduction is height is ridiculous

By David

It blocks a beautiful iconic view. All in the name of development. There is a place for everything, but not there. Regrettable within five years.

By Bixteth Boy

They plan to do nothing, lets face the reality here.

By Mikes mate

It’s good that they scaled it back, though not enough in my opinion . How it eventually looks will depend on the quality of the build but here’s hoping.

By Anonymous

Can Historic England please stay out of Liverpool’s redevelopment. They are a hindrance and a pain for the city to grow and develop. They’ve already fought against the New Bramley Moore Dock Everton Stadium. if it was up to them, Liverpool would still look like the 80’s

By David

More nonsensical ,and obsessive , height reduction ,I would love to know what Liverpool City Council would do if some blue-chip company wanted to build a 50 floor office in the Baltic employing thousands of staff , would they have the stupidity to refuse that.

By Anonymous

Liverpool planning needs sacking!!!!!1

By Anonymous

People of Liverpool think about your next vote ?
Please vote someone in with vision who is not dictated by outsiders

By Anonymous

Busy looking scheme. A lot going on – calm down.

By Clark

Will it be another half built development leaving investors with nothing again…

By Anonymous

Particularly enjoy the tower with the colour of the Mersey 😉

By Liverpool Lacks Romance

Nice! Looks great.

By Derek

Well anything is better than a scrapyard even if it isn’t quite the proposal it was.

By Anonymous

Identification of ‘moderate harm’ by Historic England is just one part of the planning balance. Obviously HE are only looking at the scheme with regards to how it will impact heritage assets. The decision maker (i.e. the Council) can take this into consideration but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a done deal and must therefore be refused or scaled down.

Any LPA town planner worth their salt can apply some planning judgement and undertake a proper balancing exercise to determine whether the ‘moderate harm’ is outweighed by the benefits of the project as a whole.

By Anonymous

There is a place for everything, but not there, blocking a beautiful iconic view. All in the name of development.

By Bixteth Boy

Hideous. Why the green?

By Hat Mancock

Liverpool is world famous for inventing skyscraper’s and apartment’s and our historic city is talked about everywhere so it is right that we have important building’s but not if it block’s the church!!!

Why don’t we put bungalow’s for the elderly here instead? We need more of them and they won’t be too tall?!

By Mary Woolley

Yeah can we have bright green bungalows instead

By Anonymous


By Ashok kumar

I am honestly shocked at the amount of people claiming that the UNESCO label is an issue for development, clearly they don’t work in the industry or area. This is such an uninspired design and IF the UNESCO label has reduced the size of it then maybe its not such a bad thing! This is just another bland collection of blocks that has no relationship with the historic architecture of Liverpool

By Anonymous

Quite right that they should not block the view of the Cathedral – this is iconic and what Liverpool is about. The 2 Cathedrals are famous – and have stood the test of time – these buildings wont do that I am sure!

By Bob Dawson

I trust all building and materials will excel the BREEAM standards and utilise photovoltaics and air source heat pumps?

By Don Thompson

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