Plans to build almost 200 new homes to be built at Melwood site

Plans to build almost 200 new homes on the site of Liverpool FC's former training ground were put to those living close by.

Residents living near Liverpool FC’s former Melwood training ground are being asked to give their views on a range of proposals for the area.

Liverpool FC left Melwood in November for a purpose built facility in Kirkby and the site has now been handed over to new owners Torus, formerly Liverpool Mutual Homes.

The housing provider has opened up a second phase of consultation on two potential designs it has created for the site.

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It follows feedback from a first stage of consultation last year, when residents placed affordable homes and preserving the current Melwood building among their top priorities, as well as homes for the elderly and improvements to the environment.

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The two proposals in this consultation are of a similar size and would see either 192 or 195 homes built on the site, with a range of different types of homes available.

One would see the maintenance of the current five a side facility if possible.

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However, in the consultation videos, Torus representatives say maintaining the current Melwood training facility and indoor five a side pitch will only be possible if someone can be found to let the facilities.

Managing Director of Torus Developments, Chris Bowen, said it was important for neighbours to give their views on both designs.

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He said: “Throughout the creation of each of the two proposed designs, we considered feedback received from the community in our first round of consultation and worked hard to incorporate design features that would positively impact concerns local people raised, such as flooding, traffic flow and the preservation of greenspace.

“We have worked incredibly closely with local experts on the videos and hope that they start a thought-provoking, meaningful and effective phase of community consultation. We want to hear directly from the community, so are encouraging people to get involved and be an active contributor to the next phase in Melwood’s legacy, which is one beyond football.”

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As well as plans for the new housing development itself, the consultation also includes further information on the new outdoor spaces in the development and work on flooding and drainage issues at the site.

The full details of the plans can be viewed at www.torusconsultations.co.uk/melwood

This phase of the consultation will be fully digital, with residents asked to take part either online or by booking a phone consultation.

Residents can take part by submitting a response to an online survey on the consultation website, emailing consultations@torus.co.uk or booking a telephone consultation with We Make Places by texting ‘APPOINTMENT’ to 07984 356 582 or calling 0300 122 7718.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 26.

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