PLANNING | Liverpool student flats tipped for approval

Proposals for a 420-unit student housing block at the former Hondo supermarket site on Upper Duke Street, and a seven-storey apartment block on Roscoe Street, are set to receive consent this week.

Another scheme, proposing 33 houses and 24 flats in Croxteth, are among those recommended for approval at Liverpool City Council’s virtual planning committee meeting on Tuesday, after the meeting was postponed last week due to technical difficulties. 



Developer: Fusion Students  

Architect: Corstorphine + Wright Architects  

Planner: Broadgrove Planning and Development  

Size: 420 apartments

The proposals are to demolish the former Hondo Chinese supermarket building, close to Liverpool cathedral, and construct a four- to seven-storey student accommodation block. 

The accommodation would provide a mix of studio and cluster apartments.

The supermarket closed in 2017 after its owners retired and was being marketed by agents at CBRE. The red brick building has been vacant since. 

An earlier application proposed a nine-storey block containing 430 bedrooms but this has since been scaled back. 

Roscoe Street

Architect: Fold2 Architecture 

Planner: The Planning Studio 

Size: 87 apartments

Fold2 Architecture, on behalf of a private investor, is seeking approval for a four- to seven-storey apartment block on the corner of Roscoe Street and Oldham Place, having already secured planning consent for 111 student apartments at the site.

“While our client will have the benefit of the student accommodation development, and may well implement that permission in due course, they also wish to have the alternative permission for a residential led apartment scheme for the site,” the planner said.

The 87-apartment scheme is the developer’s preferred option as opposed to the student accommodation project, according to the architect.

Croxteth Houses

Developer: Cobalt Housing

Architect: Ainsley Gommon Architects 

Size: 57 residential units

Cobalt Housing is set to win approval to bring forward a residential development on the 3.5-acre site of former tower blocks known as Altbridge Park, close to the East Lancs Road in Croxteth.

The tower blocks were built in the 1970s and demolished in the 1990s and the brownfield land has been vacant since.

The proposed flats comprise mix of six one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom and 13 three-bedroom homes.

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