New apartments could be set for Hall Street, Southport.
The site of the proposed property development is currently the base for environmental improvements company EEC, which says it is downsizing as it doesn’t need as large an office space.
The plans submitted to Sefton Council at the end of October propose the conversion of the Hall Street space into 35 studio flats.
EEC state in the planning application: “As a result of changes in Government policy towards the provision of payments and funding in relation to alternative energies, the company has been forced to reconsider staffing levels and size of premises.
“Consequently, the company is in the process of relocating to alternative premises within the Sefton area which means the existing site will now be vacant.’’
The submission adds: “The owners wish to consider a more efficient re-use of the site and consequently have commissioned designs for uses more appropriate to this residential location.
The designs and layout aim to utilise the building most efficiently and provide studio apartments aimed primarily at business professionals.”
The report stipulates that the current business in the space will move to new premises on Norwood Road, and there will be 20 staff members working from there.
The proposal also states that the scheme is seeking to make efficient use of the land, which is based in a residential area within the town.
The scheme has been designed to reuse an existing building, enhance the site with the provision of additional landscaping and tree planting, and use the existing access and part of the existing parking areas to provide adequate accommodation for future occupiers.
The scheme overall accords with the council’s general principles of residential development in residential areas, and aims to increase the housing supply in the area without the loss of any existing employment use.
Concluding the scheme as put forward is one which conforms to adopted policies and should therefore be supported by the local planning authority.”
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