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Sefton welcomes Planning Inspectorate decision on Waterloo flats plan

Two separate planning applications to convert office space into flats in Waterloo have been dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

Earlier this year Sefton Council received two separate planning applications from DPP Planning on behalf of Mr Alan Verinder for 1-3 Crosby Road South, Waterloo – both seeking to convert the existing offices and extend them to provide 30 and 32 flats respectively.

Sefton Council’s Planning Committee had originally refused both applications in January 2018, citing significant concerns over the design and layout of the proposed extensions, and impacts on heritage assets.

However, an appeal was lodged but that has just been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

The concerns were fully supported by the independent Inspector, Katie McDonald, who noted in her report: “I find that the proposal would be harmful to the host building, and this would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the (Conservation Area). This would be in conflict with the Local Plan for Sefton.”

A separate application by Mr Verinder for costs against Sefton Council was also dismissed. In dismissing the claim, the Inspector noted that Sefton Council had proper regard to the impact on the Conservation Area and found that they had: “exercised their duty to determine the planning applications in a reasonable manner having regard to the particular merits of the cases, taking account of all available information.”

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, and Chair of Planning Committee, said: “This decision has fully vindicated the Council’s approach to resisting unacceptable forms of development where harm will result to heritage assets.

“It also fully endorses the Council’s consistent approach to assessing all planning applications on their own merits and we welcome all the Planning Inspectorate’s comments in relation to these applications.”