Revised plans for flats at site of former Legion club are put forward

Revised plans for flats at site of former Legion club are put forward

by Henry James (November 2021)

REVISED proposals to build retirement living apartments on the site of the former Royal British Legion in Maghull have been put forward.

The original plans by developers McCarthy & Stone were rejected by Sefton Council earlier in the year and the new application offers an “alternative design solution” for the Liverpool Road South site.

A planning statement for the new development states: “The proposal provides the opportunity to achieve a high quality development that would positively contribute to meeting demonstrable local housing needs in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, Local Plan for Sefton, Maghull Neighbourhood Plan and the borough’s housing strategy.

“This scheme provides numerous wide ranging social and planning benefits, both for potential residents and the community as a whole.”

The proposed development comprises of 44 one and two bedroom retirement living apartments for sale to older people. The existing building would be demolished.

The proposal will feature a house manager’s office alongside communal facilities such as a residents’ lounge, CCTV entry system, pavement car store/charging points, guest suite and Careline alarm facility.

The developers say that the proposal is fully “in accordance with national and local planning policy, providing a scheme that epitomises sustainable development and contributes towards the provision of an identified local housing need as well as the overall supply of housing.”

McCarthy & Stone has appealed the decision to reject the earlier application.

The original plan was rejected by Sefton Council as it was felt it was “not a high quality design and was out of character with the local area due to its excessive height and incongruous design.”

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