PLANS to build apartments at the Telegraph House site in Crosby Village have finally given a green light.
It was third time lucky for the £16million project put forward by Virtue Developments after two previous proposals were rejected by Sefton Council.
The proposal was approved at a council planning committee meeting on Wednesday, July 27.
It means the empty Telegraph House will be torn down and replaced with a new building containing three commercial units on the ground floor and 72 flats on the upper floors.
It is hoped that the development could spark a regeneration of Crosby Village and come as a much-needed boost for existing traders.
With it now being two years since the plans were first revealed, the developer appears keen to make up for lost time and promises to “move ahead at pace” with the demolition.
Dave Ayem, Managing Director of Virtue Developments, said: “After two years of hard work, it’s fantastic to finally achieve planning approval for the scheme, and we plan to make a start on site before the end of the year.
“We have completed several other residential schemes across the City Region and are really looking forward to making a big improvement to Crosby town centre.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter for Virtue Developments and we cannot wait to get started.”
The Champion has previously reported how the developer had two plans rejected by the council, despite the majority of residents and business owners being in favour of the proposal.
Telegraph House, which was in a mix of commercial uses and is now unoccupied, will be demolished to make way for the new homes consisting of 47 one-bedroom units and 25 two bedrooms.
The scheme will see enhanced private amenity space for residents and a rooftop garden.
It is anticipated that the equivalent of 57 full-time jobs will be created during the construction phase and the commercial development could support 39 to 52 jobs.