The scrapping of a new basement nightclub for Cream in Wolstenholme Square will go before Liverpool’s planning committee next week.
The removal of the venue is one of a number of changes proposed for the approved regeneration project which is currently underway.
An application submitted under the name Wolstenholme Square Developments Limited also seeks to remove an existing 5 Parr Street warehouse referred to as ‘Block E’ from the approved plans and carry out temporary landscaping to the vacant plot of land, along with various other minor amendments to the mixed-use Elliot Group scheme.
Alternative plans to turn the Block E site of the former Saw Mill into a residential building with ground floor commercial use are subject to a separate planning application.
According to a document to be considered by the planning committee on Tuesday 19 December: “The principal amendments are the removal of the basement nightclub and deletion of Block E (5 Parr Street) which can no longer be converted as the building has been demolished following a fire on the site. Given this building no longer exists it is now proposed to temporarily landscape this part of the site pending approval of a replacement building.”
The document goes on to explain: “In regard to the previous plans to create new premises for a nightclub in the basement of the development the applicant has reached an arrangement with the former operator Cream who have confirmed they have no objections to the plans to remove this element of the scheme.”
Having been asked by Your Move whether Cream still plans to set up a permanent venue in the city following the demolition of its former Nation home (main picture) in Wolstenholme Square, a spokesperson for the club says: “Although we’re sad not to be returning to Wolstenholme Square where the Cream story began, we’re excited about the future of the company’s expansion in the city, staging larger scale events as we have done on Liverpool’s waterfront with Steel Yard and other events we have showcased at Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool’s O2 Academy, bringing some of the biggest names in electronic music to the city.”
Proposed amendments to the approved Wolstenholme Square plans are recommended for approval by the planning committee subject to conditions.
The decision time comes as Elliot Group has announced the first tenants are now moving into the completed first phase of the Wolstenholme Square transformation.