Skies on Lord Street in Southport

The rear of a restaurant and bar on Lord Street in Southport could be converted into two self-contained flats. 

The front of the business, Skies, at 459 Lord Street, would be unaffected. 

The business currently supports one full time and two part time members of staff. 

It is part of a growing trend of transforming redundant space inside buildings on Lord Street and elsewhere in Southport town centre into residential space, bringing more people and families to live and work in the area. 

A planning application has been submitted to Sefton Council for one three bed apartment and a one bed apartment. 

The scheme would include parking to the rear of the property, while entry would be via Stanley Street. 

Owner NG Chindam, owner of Sri & Jay Limited, has asked ADA Architectural Design Associates to draw up the proposals. 

In their submission to Sefton Council, they said: “The proposal is for the rear portion of the building to be converted as to change the use to 2 residential flats, with internal changes and windows. 

“The rear portion of the existing commercial premises of 459 Lord Street is large in area with high ceiling and has access from Stanley Street, whereas the front portion of the building is a very narrow portion with small shop frontage, which is making it unviable for the business to keep full area for a single usage. 

“The proposal is to keep the existing area facing Lord Street to be in use as it is and convert the space in the rear portion of the building to a more sustainable user class / residential flats.”

The building and shop frontage which forms this application site is not listed, while the verandah to the front is Grade II Listed..  

There are no works proposed to the front of the premises, therefore there will not be any impact on the verandah. 

Although the building is not listed itself, there are a number of internal decorative features, which are important and will be retained, as far as practicably possible. 

Access to the new flats would be via Stanley Street. 

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