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Children’s soft play centre planned for South Liverpool

A new indoor children’s soft play centre could be heading for Liverpool’s Garston area under new plans.

If given the go ahead a unit on the edge of Weaver Industrial Estate would be transformed into the attraction.

According to a planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council: “It is the intention to establish an indoor soft play centre that also accommodates children with special requirements, creating a safe play environment for children living with autism, mobility impairments and other communication, social and learning difficulties.”

A change of use from a storage and distribution facility to a space for leisure is required for the brick warehouse building, although only minor alterations to the internal configurations of the building are said to be necessary for the new use.

An estimated 10 full-time and 15 part-time staff are expected to be employed at the centre.

A planning statement within the application, which has been put together by Cass Associates on behalf of applicant Mark Leonard and Moira Kelly, adds: “The statement has analysed relevant planning policies, specifically in relation to the loss of employment land, a town centre use located outside a town centre and parking and access. It has found that the proposal is consistent with relevant national and local planning policies. As such the proposal is a form of sustainable development that should be granted planning permission without delay.

“There are specific requirements for the use proposed, including a large, uninterrupted activity space and easy accessibility by public transport and private cars. The latter is important if the needs of mobility impaired children are to be served. These requirements cannot be met through the available building stock in nearby district centres (or within 300 metres of their boundaries).

“The application premises is ideally located and the new use will provide an amenity for the local community which complements other uses in this business area while bringing economic benefits in its own right.”

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