An ambitious plan to create a £33m ‘neighbourhood development’ in Bootle has been rejected by Sefton Council.
SAFE Regeneration wanted to transform the area and under the proposal – called #destinationbootle – they wanted to build 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.
However, the council denied the application at a Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 17th February.
A spokesperson for SAFE Regeneration said: “Planning permission has been refused for the #destinationbootle community-led neighbourhood scheme with the reasons given as being:
1. Parking - two spaces per dwelling is recommended by Sefton Council - in an area where only 5% of the population own two vehicles.
2. Lack of private amenity space - the development focuses more on communal spaces for people to gather and connect - a real neighbourhood.
“Despite a petition of 600+ local people in support of the innovative, green community this hopes to be, permission was refused.
“We want to personally thank each and every person who supports this development and who has contributed to its design and innovation.
“We know that community-led, green neighbourhoods which focus on togetherness, sustainable travel/energy and local decision-making are the way forward; we are proud to be constantly thinking outside the box, to create something amazing for Bootle. Together we fight on.”