Projects for purpose-built apartments and student apartments at two sites in downtown Ormskirk have been submitted to the council,
Creating a wider range of downtown activities, developing the nightlife economy, welcoming more students to Edge Hill University, and reducing the pressure to convert traditional family houses in Ormskirk are among the factors considered by town planners and advisers in the latest applications.
Read more: The year of exciting new Lancashire developments and what’s to come in 2022
Fifty student apartments and two smaller business units are offered for the former Iceland site at 6-8 Aughton Street, in a request from Vici Property Group Ltd. The latest plans aim to develop a previous smaller application for 23 apartments on the site, which was previously approved in fall 2021.
According to the new plans, the existing building on Aughton Street would be redeveloped and expanded with a complete new second floor and an additional third floor, with two smaller store units created in the front, according to a report to advisers on the committee. planning.
This design would result in the loss of warehouse storage space on the first floor. However, planning officers find the new proposals acceptable. Other larger business units are available elsewhere and the smaller business units would still support downtown business activity while accommodating students above and increasing the downtown population,
Regarding the appearance of the wider street, district planning officers say Iceland’s current old building is in a conservation area but has limited architectural value. Changes to the front and the inclusion of a sensitively designed upper story wouldn’t detract from the character of the area, they say.
Overall, they refer to the planning policy for the city centers of the arrondissement.
This states: “A variety of uses will be encouraged outside the main shopping area and above ground floor level in the main shopping area, in order to maximize the vitality and viability of city centers. , encourage a night-time economy and improve safety and security by increasing natural surveillance. These uses can include residential uses and student housing.
Regarding student accommodation, planners added, âDue to the recent growth in housing on campus, Edge Hill University is now guaranteeing a place in its dorms for all new full-time first-year students. However, there is a housing deficit for second and third year students and adults. Many students who have lived in new accommodation on campus in their first year wish to continue living in similar purpose-built developments on campus or in the city center.
âThere is a critical short- and long-term need for specially designed student housing for Edge Hill University. Additionally, Ormskirk has seen a substantial increase in off-campus housing over the past 20 years, particularly in the conversion of houses to multi-occupancy housing (known as HMOs) in residential areas. The provision of specially constructed student accommodation in the city center will likely reduce the need for conversions of existing homes.
âThe units on the ground floor (shop) will remain for commercial use. Consequently, the proposed development will not unduly compromise the vitality of the city center. “
The Augton Street plan is recommended for approval with conditions.
Elsewhere in downtown Ormskirk, Jigsaw Homes North is seeking permission to build 30 apartments on the former Hunter & Sons warehouse site on Moorgate and Bridge Street. The developer wants to build two blocks of two and three storey apartments with 33 parking spaces, bicycles and garbage cans.
The existing buildings have recently been used for activities such as a gym, exercise rooms and beauty salon, and previously an unauthorized bar, according to a report by planning officers.
The Moorgate site is close to existing houses, a crÃ¨che, a scout hall, a senior citizens’ center and the Ormskirk-Liverpool railway line.
Concerns have been expressed by some neighbors about a potential loss of privacy in the gardens, noise and light pollution, increased traffic jams and road safety in the region.
However, advisers are recommended to approve the request with various conditions. Borough planning officers say the layout and design of the apartments will not harm neighbors, glazing and other features will minimize noise from residents, traffic or trains, the use of bricks red and gray slate for the roof conforms to the architecture of Ormskirk; trees and shrubs will be planted and additional one-way signs will be installed to avoid traffic problems.
West Lancashire advisers will review the plans at the planning committee meeting on Wednesday January 12 at 7 p.m.
Do you have any news for us? Contact our editorial staff at [email protected].
Get all the latest news, sport and stories sent to your inbox daily with the LancsLive newsletter here.