Outline plans to build over 150 new homes on Liverpool Football Club’s (LFC) Melwood training ground have been recommended for approval.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee will visit the West Derby site next week (5 December) ahead of a meeting at the town hall.
LFC is set to leave its current base as part of a long-term vision to bring its first-team and academy operations and facilities together on one site in Kirkby.
The application for outline planning permission to develop the site for up to 160 homes has been met with stern opposition with 450 people signing a petition against the scheme.
Steven Twigg, Labour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool West Derby, has also voiced his disapproval with the plans, arguing that the building of 160 homes on the site will “negatively transform” what is currently a quiet residential area.
A number of Liverpool councillors have also objected to LFC’s plans, saying they will lead to a loss of open space and instead think that the land and the building should both be retained and gifted to the city for the “enjoyment of the residents of West Derby and Liverpool supporters the world over”.
However, a report recommending the plans for approval says the homes will have no impact on the “recreational function” of the site and “whilst the development would inevitably alter some private existing views that currently exist, there would be no overall loss of visual amenity”.