Bootle gasworks, National Grid, p planning docs

The gas works were mothballed in 2009. Credit: via planning documents

Sefton to give nod to gas works demolition

National Grid is looking to level its redundant six-acre site on the corner of Litherland Road and Marsh Lane in Bootle to prepare it for other uses.

Sefton Council is recommended to approve the demolition of the former Gasworks Depot at its planning committee meeting next Wednesday.

The 18-month process would see the dismantling of the gasholders and remaining infrastructure on site. Below-ground tanks would be retained and filled, with holes to be drilled to allow rainwater drainage and help stabilise nearby gas works.

Proposals form “the first step towards the site being brought forward for other uses”, according to a council report. However, plans state that National Grid does not intend to undertake any further restoration work and no alternative uses for the site are detailed.

Home to a gas works from the 1890s, the holders became redundant in 2009 after becoming incompatible with the modern network.

WSP is the planning consultant for the scheme. Also on the project team is WYG Environment and RSK Biocensus.

To learn more about the demolition, search for application number DC/2023/00560 on Sefton Council’s planning portal.

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If that aerial photo is up to date it appears that both sides of the canal have acres of brownfield land that could be used for quality housing, but please no suburban semis.

By Anonymous

This should be used for the most important storage of gas in this climate

By Norman Gorton

The usual response bein born in bootle 1971growing up walking past almost every day walking to school and little bit older going the pub i.e 17 fond memories even when they worked rising up and down when nearly depleted by the ring around the circumference.

By Paul

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