Controversial plans for student flats approved

Artist's impression of the plans for student accommodation on Hope Street
Image caption The flats will be built on the site of the now demolished Josephine Butler House

Two controversial plans to build student accommodation in Liverpool's Georgian quarter have been approved.

The developments - one on the corner of Hope Street and Myrtle Street, the other on Caledonia Street - were given the go ahead following site visits.

The plans had attracted objections from local residents and businesses, who said they were out of keeping with their surroundings.

The projects will create accommodation for more than 350 students.

The proposal had been recommended for approval at a meeting of Liverpool Council's planning committee earlier this month, but the decision was deferred to allow officials to visit the sites.

The student flats will be built in blocks of up to 10 storeys on the site of the now demolished Josephine Butler House.

It is opposite the Philharmonic Dining Rooms pub and between the city's two cathedrals.

The plans from Maghull Developments in partnership with Student Castle Ltd, are to build the 368 student bedrooms within 22 apartments and 217 self-contained studio flats.

There will also be communal student facilities, shops and a gym on the site.

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