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M&S and Aldi set for new £7m Liverpool development

A £7 million scheme to build state-of-the-art Marks & Spencer and Aldi stores on the site of the Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP) headquarters in West Derby has launched a public consultation.

Simons Developments plans to provide a new 10,300 sq ft office building for the MSDP over three floors, a 9,000 sq ft M&S Simply Foodstore and customer café and an 11,000 sq ft Aldi Foodstore on the Queen’s Drive site. It will also build 115 car spaces, cycle stands and landscaping. The work also includes potential modifications to road junctions and traffic controls as well as environmental improvements such as tree planting.

The plans have been created because the MSDP charity, which has been at the location since the 1980s, can no longer afford fuel and repair bills and needs a new, low-cost office, says the developer.

According to the firm: “These leading retailers will further increase the diversity of Liverpool by creating more choice for local shoppers.

“Simons are in direct dialogue with LCC (Liverpool City Council) to engage and enhance local ecology initiatives, including areas such as tree planting and contributing to suitable bio diversity programmes.”

Plans for the site will be submitted shortly, says Simons, and it is asking the public to call on 01522 505020 or email Liverpool@simonsgroup.com to comment on the scheme.