Developer re-submits controversial Park House flats scheme

Developer re-submits controversial Park House flats scheme

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

A DEVELOPER has resubmitted plans to demolish the historic Park House in Waterloo and build apartments on the site.

Previous plans by developer, Anwyl, in 2021 brought objections from hundreds of residents and were rejected by Sefton Council over concerns about the felling of trees at the site.

The new proposals include a reduction on the number of apartments from the originally planned 142 to  106, while the existing woodland and pond will be retained.

The developer says the updated proposal “seeks to address the concerns” raised by the council.

The apartments will be for over-55s, and spread across two blocks.

The updated planning application states: “The site is currently occupied by a sprawling mass of building, collectively known as Park House, a former convalescence and nursing home, which had recently operated as part guest house and part convent.

“It was originally built in 1878 of Italianate design, but which has been subject to a number of large and unsympathetic extensions over many years, much to the detriment of the original large house. At the time of writing this report, the condition of Park House is dilapidated.”

Park House, built in 1878 as a home for a wealthy Liverpool corn merchant, 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.

The building is not listed and it is not in a conservation area, but is recognised by Sefton as a non-designated heritage asset.

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