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NEW APARTHOTELS ON VERGE OF SECURING GO-AHEAD

Proposals to create two 100-room aparthotels in the heart of Liverpool city centre are on the verge of securing the go-ahead.

Full planning applications by Broadley Group and Quest Apartments are scheduled to be reviewed by Liverpool City Council's planning committee on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

Broadley Group has requested permission to revamp 51-57 Church Street, creating a new Roomzzz aparthotel with 105 rooms between the second and seventh floors of the former George Henry Lee department store. John Lewis moved out of the building in 2008 and, while the ground and first floors now house TK Maxx, the upper floors remain vacant.

It is proposed to turn the link building between the former Rapid Discount Outlet and TK Maxx into an entrance for the aparthotel with a projecting canopy. And the second floor would contain a reception, a grab-and-go pantry and a gym.

Meanwhile, Quest Apartment is seeking the green light to change the use of the second, third and fourth storeys of 58-72 Church Street into an aparthotel with 53 studio apartments and 47 one-bedroom apartments. It is also proposing to introduce a two-storey rooftop extension.

The building is currently home to Three, Coral, Foot Locker, Virgin Media and Poundworld on the ground floor, and Cotswold Outdoor on the first floor, but the upper three floors have remained vacant for approximately two years.

Quest already operates more than 150 aparthotels in Australasia.

Both schemes have been recommended for approval by planning officers in advance of the committee meeting.

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