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Multi-million Town Centre Improvements Approved

Southport and Crosby Town Centres are set for a major economic boost following the approval of two major investment schemes at Sefton Council’s Planning Committee last night.

The multi-million pound plans, which were approved following extensive discussions, will see the construction of a 96 bedroom hotel along with the remodelling of the Marble Place shopping centre. The new development will build on the main aims of the Southport Development Framework, maximising the resorts current assets and improving the quality of the accommodation in the town. It is anticipated that Marble Place will deliver up to 50 local jobs.

Sefton Council’s Planning Committee also granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the 1930s Glenn Buildings on Moore Lane Crosby, including the replacement of the shop fronts. The scheme will see the creation of more flexible spaces, while the existing retail unit next door will be demolished and redeveloped across two floors.

 

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The approval of these two schemes is hugely significant in the delivery of the Vision for Sefton 2030 and our regeneration aspirations for both Southport and Crosby.

“The investment demonstrates the confidence that the private sector has in our borough and lets everyone know that Sefton is open for business.

“We will now continue to work closely with developers to ensure that these schemes deliver lasting change through sustainable regeneration and the creation of local job opportunities.”

 

 

Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: “The planning team have worked hard with potential investors to make sure that the schemes work for both the developers and for our communities.

“Ultimately we want the right form of regeneration that supports the Vision for Sefton 2030 and builds on our assets.”

 

Further details on the planning applications are available via Sefton.gov.uk

Klondyke Letters

Letters are being delivered to homes in the Klondyke area of Sefton informing nearby residents on the progress of the latest housing development.

The letters, signed by Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, will drop through letterboxes in Annie Road, Marion Road, Thornton Avenue, Springwell Road, Menai Road, Netherton Road and Monfa Road giving an update on the scheme.

As part of the development, Bellway will provide 142 new homes bringing significant regeneration benefits to Bootle, including greater footfall into local shops and businesses.

Demolition works were completed in October 2015 and the letters explain how legal matters are all now in place and subject to some final details, Bellway will have the opportunity to start on site shortly.

Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “We are very keen to ensure that all residents living in the proximity of the proposed new development are fully informed on the progress that is being made to getting these new homes on site.

“We totally understand residents’ frustrations with the length of time it has taken for work to begin on the site. This is due to a number of legal agreements taking much longer than expected which are now thankfully resolved.

“Once work starts we are confident that this will be another popular location for homebuyers and further information will be made available by Bellway when they are in a position to be in touch directly. We will also give further updates to residents as this exciting housing development progresses.

“One of the main outcomes from the Sefton 2030 Vision consultation was the need for more quality housing across the borough and we believe this development will help fulfil these objectives.”

Planning approval granted for new Maghull North station scheme

The development of a new station in Maghull has moved a step closer after planning permission was granted for the scheme at a Sefton Council planning committee meeting last night (Wednesday 18th January). The planning committee approved plans for the new Maghull North station, which will be located just off School Lane, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line. The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town. The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which currently owns the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years. Facilities at the new station will include:-

  • Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
  • Passenger waiting facilities on platform
  • Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
  • Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

Work is due to start on site in August 2017, with the station opening planned for May 2018.

Cllr Gordon Friel, Merseytravel Deputy Chair and Lead Member for Rail said: “It’s great news that the new station development at Maghull North has been given planning approval as it will provide a real boost to the local community. “It is another example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put in to practice and will encourage more people to use public transport for both commuting to work and leisure activities. “We look forward to working with our partners in Network Rail, Merseyrail and Sefton Council when the work to build the station gets underway later this year.”

 

Claire Rawson, Network Rail’s Project Sponsor said: “This station part of a £340 million investment in the railway of the Liverpool City Region and it will play a vital part in accommodating the growing number of passengers using the network now and in the future.”

 

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director, said: “We welcome this decision by Sefton Council and look forward to serving and running the station as part of the Merseyrail network once it is completed. “It will bring the benefits of quick, easy to use and good value local rail services to more residents, and provide them with good links into Liverpool and a variety of other destinations by rail.”

 

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted for the new Maghull North station. “It is vitally important that as our towns and communities grow there is sufficient infrastructure to support them. “The new station is not only fantastic for the local economy but will further improve public transport capacity and connectivity across Sefton and the City Region.”

  More information on the scheme can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/maghullnorth  

Council Agrees Frameworks for Bootle and Southport

In a bid to transform both Southport and Bootle, two brand new frameworks have been approved by Sefton Council’s Cabinet.

The proposals aim to re-imagine the two towns and help stimulate investment in line with the feedback from the recent Imagine Sefton 2030 bm_lordstreet_cgi01_08consultation and engagement; creating jobs, improving the economy and boosting tourism.

The Southport Development Framework, created by Nexus Planning supported by Broadway Malyan, looks to reconnect the beachfront, with a revitalised Lord Street.

The proposals focus on major development opportunities along with complementary initiatives that will help strengthen existing assets and the visitor offer, encouraging discussion between the local community, business and potential investors.

It is hoped that any development of the town will create a more dynamic Southport, promoting opportunities for local communities, building on existing assets and, ultimately, stimulating economic investment and strengthening the role of Southport as a  family friendly visitor destination.

Sefton Council commissioned commercial property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton, to develop the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework; an ambitious document that will be the basis for discussions between the Council, the local community, businesses and potential investors on the vision for Bootle in 2030.

The proposals look to harness Bootle’s current assets, including the canal, Bootle Strand, Hugh Baird College and its proximity to Liverpool City Centre and the Port of Liverpool, to reshape the town into a desirable residential, educational and business location.

The framework has a particular focus on maximising the uniqueness of Bootle Town Centre’s Commercial Quarter, the substantial area of office space around Trinity Road, and Retail Quarter, the area surrounding Bootle Stand and Stanley Road.

Moving forward the proposals will be used as a steer for any future developments within the town, ultimately delivering growth, jobs, improved infrastructure, housing, retail opportunities, and culture and leisure facilities.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Both reports are vitally important as a guide for future development in both Southport and Bootle.

“Firstly, they further demonstrate ourcommitment to aims of the Sefton 2030 Vision and the feedback we have received following the consultation and engagement process, specifically around jobs and an improved local economy.

“Bootle and Southport are two completely unique towns within our borough with theirown strengths and opportunities. We have commissioned two separate frameworks in order to ensure that these two towns have the best opportunity to develop and reach their potential.

“However, it is important that residents know this is not an overnight process and many of the proposals within the frameworks require large amounts of inward investment. Nevertheless, Sefton is a borough with fantastic assets and really is open for business.”

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Peter Tooher, Executive Director Nexus Planning Ltd, said: “Southport is a unique and classic seaside town that has real potential to build substantially on its brand – enhancing its profile and contribution to economic growth in the region, not least through the visitor economy.

“The Development Framework reflects the commitment of Sefton Council, Southport BID and other partners to work to realise long term ambitions through a co-ordinated approach to town centre management, unlocking sites, enhancing key heritage assets, improving the public realm and enhancing accessibility.”

 

 

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Danny Crump, Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “The principle behind this project is physical regeneration enabling economic regeneration.

Adam Mirley, Director and Head of Lambert Smith Hampton’s North WestPlanning and Development Consultancy, said: “There is a huge amount of potential in Bootle which isn’t being fully realised at the moment. There is a need for an improved retail and leisure offer and more modern commercial business space in the town.

“The framework that we have produced, will encourage private sector investment and provide a platform for growth and development for the future, and take advantage of existing assets such as Hugh Baird College and The Strand.”

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