Huge fire causes major damage to former convent

Huge fire causes major damage to former convent

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

A HUGE fire has caused major damage to the historic Park House building in Waterloo.

Flames spread across all three floors of the former convent in the blaze on the which started at around 4pm on Wednesday, July 20

Firefighters used an aerial appliance to direct water through the roof, which had completely collapsed.

Nearby residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed as smoke billowed from the building.

Six fire engines attende the blaze and Merseyside Police closed off Haig Road, Park Road and a large stretch of the busy Crosby Road North, causing major traffic delays.

Once the fire was extinguished, damage to Park House was visible from the street below.

The Champion has previously reported how Park House, built in 1878, is the subject of a planning application, which has yet to be decided by Sefton Council.

The developer, Anwyl, wants to demolish the building and construct apartments on the site.

Having has similar plans rejected in 2021, Anwyl hopes its fresh proposal will be enough to persuade the council to rule in its favour.

The new proposals include a reduction on the number of apartments from the originally planned 142 to  106, while the existing woodland and pond will be retained.

The developer says the updated proposal “seeks to address the concerns” raised by the council.

The apartments will be for over-55s, and spread across two blocks.

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