A proposal to demolish 59 Alma Road, one of three substantial neighbouring Victorian houses within the Birkdale Village Conservation Area, is encountering increasing opposition from local residents and Birkdale councillors.

The owners of the Spar supermarket next door have submitted a planning application to create a parking layby to the front and a car park to the rear of their store but this involves demolishing the end house in Alma Road.

Birkdale Ward Lib Dem councillor Simon Shaw has spoken of his concerns: “The house proposed for demolition lies within the Birkdale Village Conservation Area, and that is clearly a major problem.”

“In recent years I and my fellow ward councillors have been in discussion with the Council and with James Hall & Co Ltd, the owners of the Spar, trying to encourage the construction of a parking layby on the Alma Road frontage.”

“So I’m delighted about parts of the proposal, including the 5 space layby at the front  and the tidying up of the 11 parking spaces round the back.  I just feel it goes too far in proposing knocking down this substantial Victorian house which I think contributes to the overall ethos of our Conservation Area.”

Lib Dem councillors in Birkdale Ward have “called-in” the proposal which means it will now be decided by the full Planning Committee, rather than by officers alone.

Full details of the proposals can be seen at under reference DC/2014/01754Submit

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