PLANNING | Consent secured for retail park expansion

The Derwent Group’s plans for a 145,000 sq ft second phase at Liverpool Shopping Park on Edge Lane have been approved, along with other schemes including the George Henry Lee building’s redevelopment as a hotel.

The £30m Shopping Park phase two is to be leisure-led, Derwent said, with the plans including a leisure block comprising a six-screen cinema, a Hollywood Bowl, a gym and five restaurant units at ground floor. A separate building will accommodate a 60,000 sq ft anchor retail store and a further 16 smaller retail units.

When complete, it will take Liverpool Shopping Park’s total retail offer to more than 300,000 sq ft. Brands already at the site include Next, M&S Food Hall, River Island, H&M , TK Maxx and Smyths Toys.

Nigel Machin, development director, said: “Planning approval is a tremendous step forward in the evolution of Liverpool Shopping Park and is a testament to the park’s success to date and the confidence the city has in its future.“

“It’s a bold scheme that, in light of the rapidly evolving retail market, has been designed to meet the changing needs of operators and shoppers. We are confident this phase will really strengthen the existing LSP offer and be welcomed by the local community too.” Work will start in summer with completion slated for autumn 2020.


George Henry Lee building

George Henry Lee Basement Casino

A layout of the proposed basement-level casino

Developer: Niboco

Bedrooms: 157

Size: 153,000 sq ft

The plans for the hotel on Basnett Street are being brought forward by the Doherty family, the owners of the former Rapid Discount Store on the building’s ground floor, along with property investor Williamson Holding, the developer behind the conversion of the Gostin Building on Hanover Street. The proposals for the George Henry Lee building have been named as The Williamson in planning documents.

The proposals are for a 157-bed hotel over nine floors, including a restaurant, bar, conference facilities, gym, spa, and a basement-level casino and nightclub, with no external alterations or changes to entrances. Aparthotel operator Roomzzz also has a consent for a scheme within the block, advancing a 105-capacity hotel fronting Church Street, above TK Maxx.

Fabric Village, Gildart Street

YPG Fabric District Feb 2019

Developer, contractor & architect: YPG

Storeys: 10-7

Apartments: 419

YPG’s revised proposals are for a £50m scheme on Gildart Street which initially secured planning permission in 2017. Named Fabric Village, the initial designs were for three blocks ranging between seven and 10 storeys, including 449 one and two-bed apartments.

The rejigged application features a reduced number of apartments and a revised layout to two blocks. There will be six retail units across the site.

The previous application was approved subject to a Section 106 agreement of £1.3m, including a £900,000 contribution to public realm improvements in the city. Under the latest plans, the Section 106 agreement is significantly lower, featuring sums of around £600,000, with much of this going towards public realm and landscaping.

Former Kensington Market, Prescot Road

MCI Kensington Market

Developer & planner: MCI Developments

Apartments: 54

Houses: 30

The developer’s plans are for the derelict 2.3-acre site to the south of Prescot Road, formerly home to the Kensington Market. MCI is proposing to demolish the remaining structures and replace them with two three-storey blocks featuring 54 flats, along with 30 homes. There will be 16 three-bed homes and 14-two beds.

The site has long been mooted for redevelopment with a plan for a food store and retail unit put forward in 2010, along with 44 homes and 15 apartments. These were never progressed and were then withdrawn in 2015; following this, plans for student accommodation were also approved, but were also then withdrawn. Section 106 contributions to open space and tree planting are to be made.

Liverpool Shopping Park phase two

Liverpool Shopping Park Phase 2

Developer: Derwent

Architect: AEW

Retail & leisure space: 145,000 sq ft

The developer is planning to add 18 retail and leisure units at the park on Edge Lane, replacing the site’s former Hollywood Bowl, which is due to move into a new leisure unit alongside a cinema. There will be 16 retail units along with two drive-thru restaurants, including a drive-thru coffee shop. The first phase of the park opened in October 2017. ATP PLanning and Arcadis as project manager are also on the professional team.

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In a Liverpool market where residential development is viable how come YPG have managed to have their S.106 contribution reduced by more than 50%?

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