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Plans for Waterloo office to residential conversion dismissed on appeal

Two applications to convert Waterloo offices into apartments have been dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

The separate applications both proposed that existing workspace at 1-3 Crosby Road South be converted and extended to provide 30 and 32 homes respectively.

DPP Planning submitted both sets of plans earlier this year on behalf of Alan Verinder, and both were originally refused by Sefton Council’s planning committee in January amid concerns over the design and layout of the proposed extensions, as well as impacts on heritage assets.

An appeal was lodged, however this has now been dismissed by the planning inspectorate,

In a report, independent inspector Katie McDonald notes: “I find that the proposal would be harmful to the host building, and this would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the (Conservation Area). This would be in conflict with the Local Plan for Sefton.”

A separate application by Verinder for costs against Sefton Council has also been dismissed, with the inspector suggesting the local authority had “exercised their duty to determine the planning applications in a reasonable manner having regard to the particular merits of the cases, taking account of all available information.”

Councillor Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for planning and building control, and chair of the planning committee, says: “This decision has fully vindicated the council’s approach to resisting unacceptable forms of development where harm will result to heritage assets.

“It also fully endorses the council’s consistent approach to assessing all planning applications on their own merits and we welcome all the Planning Inspectorate’s comments in relation to these applications.”