St Modwen edges forward with Crosby revamp

The developer has submitted a planning application for the refurbishment of the 7,800 sq ft Glenn Buildings North as the next phase of its redevelopment of the town centre.

The proposals will bring forward three retail units with new shop fronts within the existing building on Moor Lane, designed to meet the needs of modern retailers, and will see the popular Blues Bar retained and the empty upper floor refurbished.

The plans, drawn up by JM Architects, will complement St Modwen’s proposal for the Glenn Buildings South, located on the opposite side of Moor Lane, which is currently being determined by Sefton Council.

David Nuttall, development manager at St Modwen, said: “We have received considerable support for our plans for the Glenn Buildings South and we are confident that the redevelopment of these popular and attractive buildings is right for Crosby.

“We are pleased to announce this latest planning application, which will modernise, restore and preserve the Glenn Buildings North, an equally important part of Crosby Village Centre. This will provide further, fit for purpose accommodation to help attract new occupiers and allow successful businesses to expand in the Village Centre.”

St Modwen acquired the Glenn Buildings from Sainsbury’s last year as part of a portfolio of 26 retail units and 1.6 acres of development land after the supermarket group abandoned plans for its own makeover of the town centre, north of Liverpool. St Modwen has since agreed a letting to Homes Bargains.

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Sefton Council does not help Crosby Village by classing it as a town centre on a par with Southport or Bootle with car parking charges to match. Crosby has a dispersed retail pattern – there are more shops in Waterloo than Crosby village – and the ‘village’ should is NOT a town centre. The car parking charges should be reduced or removed. Maybe the village could then get back to where it used to be. It can’t even compete with College Road any more which is the hip place for coffee shops.

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