Historic venue to be bulldozed after council decision overturned

Historic venue to be bulldozed after council decision overturned

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A HISTORIC venue in Seaforth is set to come down after the Planning Inspectorate overturned a decision by the council to refuse plans for the building to be demolished.

The owner of the former Lathom Hall on Princess Way wants too demolish the building and build a block of flats on the site.

When the plans were originally put forward in 2019, they were refused by Sefton Council as it said it would “expose future residents to poor air quality.”

The building is on the main route to the Port of Liverpool and the council claimed the construction of more homes would have a “negative impact on the health of residents.”

Mr Corrigan appealed against that decision and it was overturned by the Planning Inspectorate on Wednesday, November 24 when it was stated in a report that the plans “would provide satisfactory accommodation for future occupiers with regard to air quality.”

Mr Corrigan told the Champion: “It’s makes me angry that this has been delayed by six months.

“If the councillors had been better informed, and taken the time to read the relevant air quality surveys presented to them as part of the application, it would not have led to a six month delay in providing a much need facility to the area.”

The Lathom, which was built in 1884, hosted early performances from The Beatles in 1960-61, who were then known as The Silver Beetles. This was referenced in the Planning Inspectorate’s

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report, with it stating that “although the building has some significance, it is clear that the building has been substantially altered and that in terms of cultural significance, the Beatles played at many venues and this site does not have a special relevance.”

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said “As with all applications, Sefton Council’s planning committee considered this application very carefully, including taking into account significant concerns raised in relation to air quality.

“It is clear from the Inspector’s decision that these concerns were legitimate and he has, as a result, imposed a number of stringent planning conditions which reflect the need for appropriate mitigation in order to resolve this issue.

“While we recognise that on occasion our planning decisions will not be welcomed and appeals are undertaken, we will always express our legitimate concerns as part of a fair and balanced planning process.”

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