Melwood Torus p.Torus

Torus bought the site in 2019. Credit: via Torus

Torus’s £48m Melwood overhaul gets green light 

The affordable housing developer has been given permission by the city council to build 162 homes at Liverpool FC’s former training ground. 

Torus’s £48m scheme features a 96-flat extra-care facility comprising a three-storey block on the corner of Melwood Drive and Crown Road. 

Eight of these apartments would be designed specifically for people living with dementia.  

Torus’s plans also feature 66 houses with a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties available on affordable tenures. 

The existing training facilities building is to be retained and used as a sports academy run by ex-Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. A new full-size 3G pitch will be delivered immediately east of the retained building.  

The scheme will benefit from £2.4m of brownfield funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. 

Torus submitted its plans to redevelop the 12-acre project in September 2021. 

Conditions attached to the planning permission include payment of a £314,738 contribution to be used by the city council towards improvements to the playing surfaces at the Walker Playing Fields.  

“We have worked hard to develop a scheme that will positively impact the local area and provide homes and facilities that will make Melwood even more of a community asset,” said Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments. 

“The scheme meets a number of identified needs and will provide affordable homes for older people and those with care needs, those looking to get on the property ladder and even those looking to downsize.” 

Torus bought Melwood from Liverpool FC in 2019. The club relocated to the £50m Axa Training Centre in Kirkby in 2020, paving the way for the developer to progress the scheme.   

The project team for the Melwood redevelopment features HL Structural Engineers, landscape architects Exterior Architecture, and Prime Transport Planning. 

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Glad that development will now progress on this site ,as there was the usual oppsition from locals, it`s nothing special design-wise but I`ve seen much worse.
As regards the planning meeting agenda, once again a totally underwhelming schedule as has been the case for many months, there is nothing coming through of any great note and no dynamic building projects on the horizon, sad really.

By Anonymous

Good quality scheme. Glad to see a supported accommodation block a big shortage of these facilities in west Derby…. And the additional sporting facilities a real bonus… get on with it

By George

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