PLANNING | Foundations housing heads Liverpool approvals

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee has granted permission to the first development proposed by its housing company Foundations, also giving consent to a Baltic district hotel and an apartment scheme in Great Crosshall Street.

Foundations and its Birkenhead-based partnership homes developer Lovell will build 105 two, three and four-bedroom family homes in the city’s Yew Tree area, with committee unanimous in its approval of the scheme. .

Lovell will start work in spring 2019 on the mixed tenure scheme to transform two pieces of land between Denford Road, Ackers Hall Avenue and Dunchurch Road with homes for sale and rent.

Foundations is intended to deliver 10,000 new and refurbished homes over the next ten years, helping meet the city’s target of creating 30,000 new homes by 2030.

Chairman Frank Hont said: “We’re delighted to get consent for this development and look forward to moving on site at the earliest opportunity to commence work. This is just the first of a number of schemes we will be bringing forward in the coming months and years to provide the right kind of homes for our residents and our communities.”

Lovell regional partnerships director Tahreen Shad added: “As a company which is based locally with a strong record of delivering high quality new homes for the city, we’re excited to be working on this pioneering development with Foundations and the council.”

The development will provide 56 two-bed, 39 three-bed and four four-bed houses, as well as six bungalows.


Baltic Hotel, 12 Jamaica Street

Baltic Hotel

Project: Hotel conversion with three-storey rooftop extension

Rooms: 36, plus 50-seat restaurant and separate bar

Developer: Living Brick

Architect: KDP

Contractor: Taurus Construction

15 Great Crosshall Street

Crosshall Street

Developer: Bridgewater Services

Architect: DV Architects

Scheme: Conversion of church into nine apartments, and staggered six-to-10 storey building totalling 115 apartments, joined by a glazed link. Also includes 24 basement parking spaces

Background: The application is an overhaul of an earlier student accommodation project, refused in January 2016. The previous development would have totalled 193 student rooms, however councillors rejected the scheme as they felt student occupiers weren’t suitable for the area.

Ackers Hall Avenue

Artist Impression Of Ackers Hall Avenue

Developer: Lovell Partnerships, on behalf of Foundations

Homes: 105, with associated infrastructure

Architect: DK Architects

The project on vacant land between Ackers Hall Avenue and Denford Road is the first to come forward under the banner of Foundations, billed as Liverpool’s ethical housing company. Birkenhead-based Lovell was appointed in June to deliver the development. Although approved unanimously, the first project under Mayor Joe Anderson’s flagship housing policy had received 110 objections and a petition totalling more than 100 signatures.

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