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Green light recommended for Edge Lane shop and hotel plan

Plans to open a new hotel and homeware store at Liverpool Innovation Park could move a step closer next week.

Applicant Valedown wants to convert a former manufacturing hall and office building off Edge Lane into a new outlet for The Range and a Travelodge hotel.

The proposals, which also include a new drive-through Costa Coffee, are for the former manufacturing office base of AT & E, Plessey, GPT and Marcon which closed in 2005.

Following the closure, the 43-hectare site was developed by Liverpool Science Park and the North West Development Agency (NWDA) until the NWDA was disbanded in 2012. Control of the site passed to the Homes and Communities Agency and was then sold to the current owners Valedown last year.

If Valedown’s plans are given the go-ahead, the former Marconi manufacturing hall will redeveloped and extended to house The Range – as well as the firm’s North West training centre.

The 1950s office building on the site could also be transformed; this time into a 79-bed Travelodge hotel spread over four floors with additional office space.

A report to be discussed by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next Tuesday (9 January) has recommended the plans for approval subject to a legal agreement and the Secretary of State not wishing to ‘call in’ the application.

According to the report, The Range store would create 100 new full and part-time retail jobs, with another 20-25 at the hotel and around 20 at the Costa Coffee outlet.

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