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The Old Roan pub site has been vacant since 2013. Credit: via planning documents

Vision unveiled for Sefton eyesore resi conversion

Having lain vacant for a decade, the former Old Roan Public House is set for a new lease of life under 2M Development’s fresh plans to deliver 31 apartments on the site off Copy Lane in Netherton.

BEE Architectural designed the scheme, which will see the demolition of the existing building to make way for a part three-, part four-storey residential building.

Proposals include 19 one- and 12 two-bedroom flats.

Residents would have access to 8,400 sq ft of green amenity space, complete with a 5,700 sq ft shared roof garden and play area.

There would be 28 car parking spaces provided, including one disabled and three electric vehicle charging  bays.

Vacant since the closure of the Old Roan pub, also known as the Tut N Shive, in 2013, the site has been subject to a number of development proposals. These plans have never materialised as the “existing building has fallen into a complete state of disrepair”, according to a planning statement.

The former landlord Commercial Realty was fined more than £16,000 in 2020 for failing to carry out remedial works at the property, prior to 2M Development’s acquisition of the site in 2021.

Due to the condition of the building, the developer does not see a viable alternative to retain the property in its current form.

Savills is the scheme’s planning consultant. Also on the project team are Hydrock, Arbtech, Liath Heritage, and Demeter Environmental.

To learn more about the plans, search for application number DC/2023/01492 on Sefton Council’s planning portal.

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Site passed around for years by absentee owners who have let a landmark building fall into disrepair while occasionally putting forward unrealised/impractical plans seemingly to increase value of the assets without ever doing anything. Aside from being ugly, these plans would put the building on/very close to the property line on a busy junction, would cram in supposedly upmarket flats into a strip between the A59 and the Liverpool-bound platform of Old Roan station, and the roof garden, with a lovely view of all this, would never be delivered even if Sefton Planning Committee was in one of its rare approving applications moods…

By Anonymous

A damn shame; this is a loss of an architecturally important building. I wish they could have incorporated it.

By Heritage Action

Stupid. Is this so the residents if this block of flats so they can view really busy roads in front and side and M57 just beyond and constant rail noise behind, never read such rubbish!

By Lucy

It is located next to a railway station and bus interchange, if there is anywhere that doesn’t need parking this is it.


Another interesting building to go Just like Vernon tower Plus the Pill box along the canal in Maghull. History taken out of small town s and villagers

By Gillian Fitzgerald

These plans are an eyesore and who wants a roof garden looking out the the station ine side and A59 the other.This is not with keeping of the lovely area we live in. So so sad that our pub got in the state it is now but flats not even nice looking apartments Really !!!!

By Jenny petherbridge

This attractive building which always added identity to the area has deliberately been ‘encouraged’ to a state of delapidation to enable developers to demolish and replace with an ugly block of flats (called apartments to add a few extra thousands to the price). This is disgusting and I wish there were enough residents willing to band together to fight for its survival and refurbishment. Could we do a ‘crowdfunding’ or similar and get charity status and funds from the lottery or similar. To lose this building is to lose the village heritage of the rural area this once was.

By A Baden

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