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Decision time for Network Space’s North Liverpool employment unit

Network Space could secure planning permission for a new 2,143 sq m employment unit in North Liverpool next week.

The developer proposes to transform a 0.7-hectare plot of previously developed Vauxhall land bounded by Carruthers Street and Pumpfields Road.

The site was one of two in the North West which were sold by Network Space to InfraRed in recent months as part of a wider £93 million deal.

Along with Raven Locks in Salford, the land was sold alongside a 1m sq ft portfolio of 25 industrial properties throughout the North of England with Network Space remaining the manager of the sites on behalf of the new owner.

Plans for the land west of Carruthers Street, which will go before Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on 11 December, would bring flexible employment space for general industrial use or storage and distribution to the site, along with ancillary office space and associated car parking.

According to a document to be considered by the committee the proposed development, to be located opposite Liverpool Community College’s Vauxhall building for technical and enterprise courses, “would provide a modern employment unit within a designated employment area.”

The document adds: “This accords with local plan policy and would be wholly compatible with the nearby industrial/employment uses.”

The project is recommended to be given the go ahead subject to conditions, including a 15% contribution of the planning application fee to help fund the council’s costs for a public art strategy.