A DEVELOPER hopes it will be third time lucky after returning with yet another planning application to demolish Telegraph House in Crosby Village and replace it with apartments.
Crossfield Exclusive Developments Limited has had two proposals rejected by Sefton Council to tear down the “eyesore building” and replace it with a ‘mixed-use development’ with retail units on the ground floor and 72 apartments above.
The most recent proposal, submitted in April, was appealed by the developer and the case taken to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.
The developer says it has been working with the council to “avoid the appeal” and a third planning application has now been submitted “to address the comments by Planning Committee and does not revisit all other technical matters that have already been confirmed to be acceptable.”
This latest application, under the new name of Virtue Developments Crosby Limited, will be decided by the council at a Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 27.
The planning application submitted on behalf of the developer states: “The application follows an earlier application for the redevelopment of the site that had been supported by officers, but resolved to be refused by members of the Planning Committee.
“That application has been appealed and through dialogue with officers the applicant and the council is working together to avoid the appeal, which forms the context of the requirement for the determination of this application in advance of that appeal.
“The application proposal therefore seeks to address the comments by Planning Committee and does not revisit all other technical matters that have already been confirmed to be acceptable.”
The proposal has been dismissed on two occasions by the council in October 2021 and then in April this year.
The council say they were forced to reject the proposal in 2021 due to a lack of affordable housing contained within the plans, as well as concerns over amenity space and parking.
This was despite many local residents and business owners having backed the proposal as a much-needed boost to Crosby Village.
After returning with similar plans in April, the council stuck by its original decision after saying that “it is not possible to reach a different outcome from that provided previously.”