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Owner has ‘no plans’ to turn Honeycomb into homes despite application

The owner of Liverpool’s Honeycomb office building has insisted there are “no plans” to transform it into homes despite a planning application.

The prominent office building in Liverpool’s commercial district is the subject of a newly approved request for prior approval to create 29 apartments at the site.

According to Liverpool City Council documents Palladium Group, which owns Honeycomb (formerly Stanley Hall), has been given the go-ahead on its application this week.

A planning application submitted to the local authority by Palladium in October outlined plans for conversion of the four-storey building into the residential properties along with basement car parking.

The local authority has now given prior approval for the proposal.

Prior approval means that a developer has to seek approval from the local planning authority that specific elements of a development are acceptable before work can proceed.

However, when contacted by Move Commercial, the Palladium Group’s chairman Spencer Bourne denied the building is set to become apartments, saying: “We have no plans to change the building to residential use and it will remain as offices.”

Palladium acquired connected offices Stanley Hall and Nations House in April 2015 for £2.7 million.

The group began a multi-million pound redevelopment of the buildings in September 2015 – renaming Stanley Hall as Honeycomb and Nations House as Helix.