Plans to convert the former Heaps Rice Mill in Liverpool into a major mixed-use development have been recommended for approval by the city’s planning officers.
The controversial plans originally intended to demolish the building but a campaign to save the historic mill led to it being Grade II-listed before a decision could be made. New plans to retain much of the building have now been submitted by developer One Park Lane Ltd and look set to get the green light at a planning meeting on 28 October.
The new plans for the mill include creating 123 residential apartments and the creation of an internal yard at the site, Three further blocks will be built on the surrounding land, providing a further 194 residential apartments and 200 serviced apartments. The scheme also includes 574 sq m of commercial floor space that can be anything from offices to shops to a gym.
The Grade II-listed building was built in the 19th century and was an operational mill until 2005. It has since fallen into disrepair, and the Head of Planning has summarised on a report that: “The apartments will contribute to the range of residential accommodation and visitor accommodation available in the area while the 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.”
The site is designated in the Unitary Development Plan as suitable for industrial uses but this policy has been relaxed because of the lack of interest and the fact the Baltic Triangle area is becoming an attractive mixed-use area.