Retirement living scheme refused

Retirement living scheme refused

by Henry James (April 2021)

SEFTON Council’s planning committee has rejected proposals to build a retirement living scheme of 44 residential units at the site of the former Royal British Legion on Liverpool Road South in Maghull.

The development would have contained 44, 23 one bedroom and 21 two bedroom retirement living apartments.

The committee considered the report of the Chief Planning Officer, recommending the application be approved subject to conditions.

The committee also received a representation from Councillor John Sayers, Ward Councillor, in objection to the application.

In the minutes for the meeting, Sefton Council gave the following reason for refusal: “The proposed building is not a high quality design and is out of character with the local area due to its excessive height and incongruous design.

“The proposed development is therefore contrary to Sefton Local Plan policy EQ2 ‘Design’, Maghull Neighbourhood Plan policy MAG 4 ‘Residential Character Areas’, and the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework in particular Chapter 12 ‘Achieving well-designed places’.”

A House Manager’s Office as well as communal facilities such as a resident’s lounge, CCTV entry system, pavement car store/charging points, guest suite and Careline alarm facility would allhave been part of the development.

Concern had been expressed by Councillor Sayers, on behalf of Maghull Town Council, who believed the four storey development was “not consistent” with the Parkhaven Character Area.

The Planning Committee on February 17 had considered the application, but it was deferred to enable further discussion with the applicant.

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