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Decision due on reworked plans for TJ Hughes building in Liverpool

Plans to demolish a TJ Hughes building on London Road and replace it with apartments and shops could be approved next week.

The new mixed-use development would be built next to the discount retailer’s flagship department store on the edge of Liverpool city centre.

Original proposals for Hughes House from Town Square Developments Limited were granted planning approval in late 2017, subject to the firm entering into a legal agreement.

That agreement was never signed and the company has subsequently reassessed the scheme and the range of uses proposed.

Originally the number of homes proposed was 182 – 60 of which were student apartments. Under the new vision, the development would include 245 flats and no student accommodation.

Meanwhile, the number of retail units has been scaled back from three to just two, with the height of the scheme increased from the 2017 approval. The development would now reach 10 storeys fronting onto London Road and nine storeys fronting onto Kempston Street.

A report to Liverpool City Council’s planning committee recommending the scheme for approval next Tuesday (2 April) reads: “It is considered that the residential and commercial uses are acceptable in this location and will not result in an undue loss of amenity for neighbouring occupiers.

“The ground floor commercial units will contribute towards a sustainable mix of uses in an accessible location, benefiting the local economy, providing enhanced employment prospects and assisting the regeneration of the area.”