Part of the building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road could be converted into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation

Building work on creating a new hotel / Airbnb in Churchtown in Southport could soon begin. 

Planning permission was granted just over two years ago to convert part of the land and building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation.

The scheme would include the installation of a mezzanine floor to the rear commercial units and a glazed shopfront. 

Allied London Ltd has now submitted a Construction Environmental Management Plan (cemp) to Sefton Council, outlining how the work will be carried out. 

From commencement of the demolition, works on site are anticipated to take 12 months until completion and handover. 

Once complete, the whole scheme is also due to deliver a new market hall and shops at the site. 

The scheme will be created in a vacant building to the rear of Checkers DIY on Botanic Road in Churchtown Village. 

The existing building would be converted into a market hall and two new retail units, with the reinstatement of the demolished commercial unit to ground floor and the provision of self-contained hotel / Airbnb flats on the first floor.

Churchtown has been booming in recent months, welcoming a number of new businesses including: The Dram Gift Shop on Botanic Road; the Little Sparks Scandi inspired play space on Botanic Road; Vintage Home on Botanic Road; and DBA School of Dance on Cambridge Road. 

Part of the building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road could be converted into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation

Part of the building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road could be converted into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation

In his report, Sefton Council Chief Planning Officer Derek McKenzie said: “The application site lies within Churchtown Local Centre. Given that the application site is within the local centre and seeks for retail premises, as well as residential to the first floor, this is considered to be appropriate to the role of the local centre.

“The use of the premises as retail, residential and market hall with the reinstatement of the previously demolished commercial unit to the rear of the site will not cause harm to the Conservation Area.

“Parking provision for the site is shown as 5 spaces from Manor Road for the retail units and 2 at the rear for the commercial building.”

The planning application was submitted by R & R Design Services (UK) Ltd, which said: “The proposal is to convert the derelict part of the building into three retail units, with a market hall consisting of small start-up units which includes the reinstatement of the partially demolished building to the rear.

Part of the building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road could be converted into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation

Part of the building to the rear of 35-39 Botanic Road could be converted into an 8 bedroom hotel / Airbnb lettable accommodation

“The benefits of this proposal are bringing back into use a recently unused property and securing a sustainable use for the premises. 

“We are proposing a full redevelopment of this unused site which will bring a derelict building back into use, giving it a sustainable future. 

“Two retail units are proposed fronting onto Manor Road giving smaller more accessible units.

“We are also proposing to introduce a market hall or inn-shops type development with small market style stalls which are to encourage start-up businesses to have a physical presence in the area rather than simply being an online business.

“The impact on the Conservation Area from these proposals is minimal and will enhance the area in terms of bringing unused buildings which are currently detrimental to the setting of the local listed buildings back into use and with a more desirable appearance.”

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