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Liverpool FC set to build 160 houses on training ground

Liverpool Football Club is set to receive approval from the city council to build 160 houses on its Melwood training ground site.

The city council planning committee will meet next Tuesday when it is expected to wave through the club’s development application following a recommendation from the head of planning.

The development will see 160 houses built on the site, which the Liverpool team have trained at since the 1950s.

A consultation for the development held by the club received a number of objections, including from MP for Liverpool West Derby Stephen Twigg, regarding the impact of additional traffic and residents on the area.

Sport England also initially raised objections about the loss of the pitches, but changed its view on the basis of a section 106 condition that states the club must pay £150,000 towards facilities for grassroots football.

In spite of the objections, the interim head of planning for the council concluded that the development would not be detrimental to the area and recommended the council approve the plan.

Liverpool FC plans to move first-team training to its youth academy training facility in Kirby, on the north-east outskirts of the city, which is due to undergo a £50m redevelopment in time for a move in summer 2019.

Along with the Melwood scheme, Liverpool City Council is also set to approve three other projects next week that will see more than 779 flats built in the city.

The largest scheme is from the Cheshire-based Yu Group, which wants to build three residential blocks of between seven and 10 storeys comprising 488 flats near the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Another scheme due for approval, one street over from the Yu development, proposes building 182 flats in an eight-storey mixed-use building that will house student accommodation, residential apartments and retail space for shops and cafes.

The final large application scheduled for this month is for 109 flats to be built in a nine-storey block on Upper Parliament Street in the southern part of the city centre.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Will Liverpool FC be following HMG lead and building these using ‘Offsite’ or ‘MMC’ methods?

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