Proposed development at Josephine Butler House, situated at the junction of Hope Street and Myrtle Street
PLANS to develop up to 700 new student flats in the city's Georgian Quarter have been approved at a meeting of Liverpool council's planning committee today.
The proposals for sites on both Myrtle Street and at Philharmonic Court, off Caledonia Street, were both passed, despite vocal protestations from some local residents and business owners.
The proposals will see a new development on Myrtle Street, which developers hope could create as many as 310 new jobs, as well as 10 full-time apprenticeships.
The accommodation would provide beds for 345 students, and was approved despite objections regarding potential visual and noise pollution, as well as car-parking issues.
Amendments to the height and design of the development, which was initially submitted earlier this month, were approved.
In addition, plans to develop a new, 354-room, five-storey building at Philharmonic Court were also given the green light after a site visit by committee members.
That decision drew an angry response from protestors, who argue that the proposed development goes against the history and heritage of the Georgian Quarter.