Plans to build a new multi-storey car park in Liverpool city centre have been recommended for approval.
The proposed £5 million development on Victoria Street includes 333 car spaces alongside retail or restaurant premises and a digital advertising screen.
Split into two elements, a five-storey rectangular box which will house the car park at the rear of the site and a smaller three-storey structure which will house the retail or restaurant units, the development will be built on the existing surface car park behind the Municipal Buildings.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee will consider the plans at a meeting next week (10 January).
The council’s cabinet originally approved plans for the development in March 2016. It’s hoped the car park will be a catalyst for the further regeneration of the Victoria Street area and meet the demand of hotels close to the site which do not currently have their own car parking, including the DoubleTree by Hilton on Sir Thomas Street.
Speaking in March 2016, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This area of Victoria Street has been improved recently with the addition of new hotels and student accommodation and we know there is a demand for more car parking space.
“It also gives us an opportunity to invest in the roads and pavements on Victoria Street which are badly in need of improvement.
“This area is busy during the day and night and at the moment parts of the infrastructure look extremely tired and worn, so we would want to look at widening the pavements and creating more greenery.”
If approved, the new car park will be owned and operated by the council.