Plans for Bootle community housing project to learn fate this summer

Plans for a community-led housing undertaking stated to be one of many largest within the UK is about to study its destiny this summer season.

The plans, submitted by Secure Regeneration, aimed to create a £33m neighbourhood in Bootle on the financial institution of the Leeds Liverpool canal close to Merton Highway. The six acre scheme was nevertheless rejected by Sefton Council when it went earlier than the planning committee in February 2021.

The plans had been appealed to the Planning Inspectorate and are set to go earlier than an inquiry listening to on July 14, in response to Secure Regeneration CEO Brian Dawe. Talking to the ECHO, Mr Dawe added: “We’re confident of a positive outcome.

“The first scheme is always the toughest one to get through. It’s always a race to second after that. We’re working as closely as we can with Sefton Council.”

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Safe Regeneration, a social enterprise and arts organisation, wanted to transform the area under its #DestinationBootle project to create 107 affordable family homes, an 80-bed extra care facility for residents aged 55 and over, leisure facilities, a microbrewery and an arts hub and business centre. The ‘neighbourhood’ would have been situated next door to the SAFE Community Arts and Enterprise Hub based in the former St Mary’s Primary school, which backs on to the grounds of the Lock and Quay pub – a community pub also opened by the Safe regeneration of the team.

However the scheme was rejected by Sefton Council’s planning committee, stating advice from Councils Highways that such developments should include two car parking spaces for every home. Planning chiefs also said there were “significant shortfalls” in the proposals, due to the scheme’s “excessive density” and its outdoor amenity space.

Canal view of the #DestinationBootle plans for Merton Road, Bootle
Canal view of the plans

Secure Regeneration claims that solely 5% of households within the space personal two automobiles, and solely 29% personal one – regardless of steerage that the undertaking would want two parking areas offered for every residence. When first submitted, the scheme, believed to be the most important community-led housing undertaking within the UK, would have seen the creation of 110 new jobs, in addition to contributing an estimated £3.8m yearly to the native financial system.

The proposals, if authorized on the listening to, could be located a couple of metres alongside the canal from the place Sefton Council is seeking to construct a brand new meals and drinks and occasions area. The Council’s undertaking has obtained backing from the Metropolis Area Mixed Authority however was missed by the Authorities when Sefton Council submitted a £17m Levelling Up bid final November.

Commenting on the time of the preliminary choice was made relating to Secure Regeneration plans, a council spokesperson stated: “We continue to offer support to any and all projects which contribute positively to the regeneration of our borough. We have worked with this applicant proactively throughout the planning process to try and secure a design of the highest standard, which met all requirements.

“Where the local authority has any concerns over certain parts of a submission, applicants are always made aware from a very early stage. In this particular application concerns were raised in relation to car parking, private outdoor amenity space for residents and overall design quality.

“As with all applications, our planning officers have encouraged appropriate resolution on these matters. It is the view of the local authority that these concerns have not been fully addressed and as a result officers were left with no option but to recommend the application be refused.

“We have reiterated to the applicant that we are ready and willing to continue working with them to find the right solution for this site.”

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