Reinstatement of derelict former social club through enabling development
The large three-storey Victorian house lay within a conservation area and overlooked Birkenhead Park, itself a Grade 1 listed park and garden. The building had last been used as a co-operative sports and social club, but had lain empty for several years and suffered fire damage in 2013.
Despite the building not being listed, it was an important designated heritage asset and so JWPC worked closely with the local council and its conservation officer to secure its restoration. A project team was assembled to demonstrate that conversion to 11 apartments was the best way to secure the building’s future, although doing so would create a financial deficit.
Following these discussions, council officers and Historic England recommended approval of the scheme, and after extensive lobbying of the Planning Committee and a site visit, JWPC was successful in securing planning permission subject to a Section 106 agreement. Regeneration of this important building is now under way.
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