Park House set for demolition despite petition

Park House set for demolition despite petition

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to demolish an historic convalescence hospital in Waterloo built in 1878 is set to be decided today (Wednesday, September 2).

Park House, on Haigh Road, could be torn down under plans by Anwyl Construction Company to build a huge mixed development of apartments and a care facility.

In total, there will be 142 residential units split between two separate blocks. These will be a mix of ‘extra care’ units as well as residential apartments for over 55s. The applicant says they will all fall under the category of ‘affordable housing’.

Residents have reacted angrily to the proposal and an online petition has gained 591 backers, who hope to convince Sefton Council to dismiss the planning application.

The petitions states: “This is a local historical building and landmark which thousands of locals have grown up with. It seems yet again our local history is under demolition.”

Park House was built in 1878 as a home for a wealthy Liverpool corn merchant before it was taken over in 1902 by the Augustinian Sisters Religious Order, who used it as a convalescence and nursing home.

Most recently, the building has been used as a guest house and convent, containing around 40 individual bedrooms and 12 reception rooms.

Sefton Council look likely to approve the plans by Anwyl Construction Company after a report published ahead of today’s meeting revealed it has been ‘recommended for approval’.

The report states: “The two main issues to consider in respect of this application are the principle of development, both in land use terms and whether the site can reasonably accommodate the development sought, and the loss of Park House Guest House as a ‘non-designated heritage asset’. 

“When applying the planning balance it is considered that the significant weight afforded to new housing, the significant weight to 100% affordable housing outweigh the moderate weight arising from the loss of the building as well as the moderate weight attached to the loss of existing trees.”

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