Baltic , Torus Developments, c Studio RBA

The Baltic Triangle plans are for part eight and part 10 storeys. Credit: Studio RBA

Torus’s 93 apartments tipped for approval in Liverpool

The social housing developer’s proposed redevelopment of the former Liver Grease Oil & Chemicals Company site was withdrawn from last month’s city council planning committee agenda but returns next week.

Torus aims to deliver 93 apartments in the Baltic Triangle across a part eight-, part 10-storey building split into two blocks, with the proposals to go in front of the planning committee on Tuesday 9 July with a recommendation for approval.

The plan is to create a quartet of ground-floor commercial units, and the flats would comprise 45 one-bed apartments, 45 two-bed apartments, and three three-bed apartments, including 21 wheelchair-accessible units.

No car parking spaces feature in the plans and all homes would be offered as ‘rent to buy’ intermediate affordable housing by Torus.

The development will be linked centrally with a central stair/lift core and an external courtyard on either side.

Torus picked up the site and drafted plans for it after the collapse of developer Crossfield’s plans for a 200-bed hotel.

The site is towards the eastern edge of the Baltic Triangle, fronting Norfolk Street to the north and Brick Street to the south.

Hoardings are currently in place along the boundaries as the site has been used for temporary storage associated with the development of an adjacent residential building, according to the planning officer’s report recommending approval.

Close by is Baltic View, a nine-storey residential building and nearby The Vaults is currently under construction.

The project team for this development features architect Studio RBA, planner and heritage advisor Savills, Shape Consulting Engineers, BB7 Consulting, and Highways Advice.

To view the plans, search for application reference number 23F/1952 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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A disappointing lack of bungalows in these proposals.

By Anonymous

Nice development fits in well with the adjacent Torus block and the wider area . Note the large Torus development on the canal locks by the titanic hotel . Good to see a progressive Housing Association investing in the city centre

By George

The view from the WO has certainly changed since we were based there!

By Liverpolitis

I hope they manage to get some decent ground floor tenants for the commercial units. It’ll be nice to see the street animated a bit!

By Anonymous

So bland and boxy

By Anonymous

Good news, more or less the vernacular round Baltic as dictated by the planners.
By the way @Anon 2.10pm, Norfolk St isn’t totally lifeless, there’s already a new Peruvian coffee bar, Picasso and Pinot arts class and bar, plus the restaurant in the Women’s Business Centre , so something to work from.

By Anonymous

No car parking spaces is absolutely stupid in these developments, you will only get a chance to rent these if you work in the city centre or around the Baltic is some random start up, need more proper housing not trying to mirror Manchester with these apartments with no parking as I have my personal car and then a company van, wouldn’t want to live in town anyway as it’s a nightmare

By Anonymous

bungalows in a city centre is a terrible waste of land. If you want to live in one expect to have to live in the suburbs. All in bungalows on the fringes of the city should be replaced with apartments. This cutting down on transport. Other cities in Europe have successfully done similar.

By LordLiverpool

Anonymous from 35 miles away still banging in about bungalows. Build them in your own town if that’s what you want!

By Anonymous

Re the two later comments re bungalows, suspect the original comment was tongue in cheek given the height restrictions placed on some tall buildings by the city planners

By George

This council just hates cars except for parking tickets

By Eric

Any modern, progressive council should hate cars. They stink, they pollute the air, and they take up loads of room. Getting rid of them from our city centres opens up land to turn into parks and other green/pedestrian space. Suburbanites who want to drive around should just stay in the suburbs and go to a retail park or whatever it is suburbanites do in their spare time

By Anonymous

Endlessly restricting cars going into the city centre means people drive to out of town shopping complexes and leisure outlets then your city declines, shops close and pubs , bars, theatres etc. lose business

By Anonymous

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