Critics Call Time on Liverpool Office Space Scheme
A controversial scheme to bring new office space and homes to Liverpool, which was formerly put on hold during the credit crunch, may still go ahead if developers Maghull can gain extra time for planning procedures.
Work had begun on the ┬ú100m Hope Street scheme, which was set to bring office space, apartments, a mini market, restaurants and an underground car park to Liverpool, but was then stopped as funding dried up during the recession.
Developers were criticised after part of the historic Josephine Butler House, an 1867 former hospital building, was knocked down to make way for the new scheme. The space was then made into a 14-space car park when the financial crisis took hold.
The current planning permissions expire next year and the company is requesting an extension until 2014, but critics have called for the council to refuse the extension.
Maghull has already refurbished the Hahnemann Building to provide short-term flexible office space, but now hopes to continue with the original plans if an extension can be agreed.
Deputy council leader Paul Brant and Cllr Steve Munby have objected the extension, along with local residents, who feel that a re-think is required and have also raised concerns about traffic congestion and parking in the area.