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Decision due on controversial Harthill Road housing scheme

Controversial plans to build 51 houses on Harthill Road near Calderstones Park will go before Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week.

The local authority has recommended the Redrow scheme for approval despite objections from campaigners and local councillors.

The proposals include the restoration of the Grade II-listed Beechley House, a former nursing home earmarked for conversion into eight apartments, with its summerhouse becoming a bungalow.

Three mews properties are planned for the on-site stables, also Grade II-listed, while four new-build mews homes will be constructed adjacent to Beechley House if the application is approved.

The council has promised to find new homes for local groups and organisations affected by the development, including Beechley Riding Stables, the Calderkids playground and the Calderstones Miniature Railway.

The Harthill Road proposals will go before the planning committee on 14 February

The Harthill Road proposals will go before the planning committee on 14 February

Conservation group the Friends of Harthill and Calderstones Park has objected to the scheme due to the resulting loss of green space, claiming to have uncovered evidence that the development site is part of Calderstones Park, a notion the council refutes.

Local councillors have added their voices to the opposition, with Labour’s Richard Wenstone expressing concerns that the development could set an “undesirable precedent” for the approval of schemes on green space land.

However, the council has recommended the project for the go-ahead on the grounds that it will have “no significant impact on the character or openness of the wider green space” and will provide a much needed boost to the local housing stock.

The Harthill Road development will go before the planning committee on 14 February.

About Author: Mark Langshaw

Mark is a journalist at Your Move. He can be contacted via email at mark.langshaw@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.