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Two-tower Songbird residential scheme in Liverpool set for approval

A 200-apartment scheme in Liverpool has moved closer to reality after being backed for planning approval.

City council planners have recommended the approval of plans submitted by Songbird for two tower blocks of seven and nine storeys in height, containing a total of 200 apartments, with two levels of parking on the ground floor and basement.

There would also be more than 4,300 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor.

The scheme’s size has been revised down from the original planning application, which proposed buildings of 15 and nine storeys.

The site in the city’s Baltic Triangle – which falls within the buffer zone of the city’s world heritage-listed centre – is currently being used as a car park.

It neighbours a nightclub on Kitchen Street and the proposed site of a craft beer bar and brewery.

Planners have backed the scheme despite objections from the neighbouring nightclub and music venue, which argued that a major housing development would not be “appropriate or compatible” with the site.

While planning officers admitted that the noise assessment made for the proposed development “contains many flaws”, it said the onus would be on the developer to build the scheme with ”appropriate noise mitigation measures”.

Major residential schemes to be approved in Liverpool in the last two months include a 556-apartment £35m student accommodation project, developed by Anwyl.

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