HERE is a round-up of five planning stories the Star has covered during March in relation to applications that are seeking permission.


Vulcan pub building

St Helens Star: The Vulcan pub buildingThe Vulcan pub building (Image: SH Wilkinson Architects Ltd (St Helens Council Planning Portal))

Proposals have been submitted seeking the go-ahead for the change of use of the Vulcan Inn pub building into flats.

Applicants HK&Q Property (Newton) Limited are hoping to convert the building at Manchester Row, Newton-le-Willows.

A design and heritage statement in the plans, drawn up by agents SH Wilkinson Architects Ltd, says that the Vulcan Inn, while being an "established building" in the community", has over the years "declined operationally".

Plans said “it is not viable to operate a pub in this location, and that without a change of use, the property will fall into disrepair".

The statement adds: "We believe that there is pent-up demand for flats targeting young professionals that are within commuting distance of Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington”.

The plans are on standard consultation to the public until Monday, April 1. A decision by council planners is expected to be made by April 29. 

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Convenience store on Barrow Street

St Helens Star: Plans seek to create a shop on Barrow StreetPlans seek to create a shop on Barrow Street (Image: Google Street View)

A planning  application has been drawn up seeking to convert two town centre retail units into one to create a convenience store.

Proposals have been submitted for the premises at 9A to 11 Barrow Street.

Plans are for the conversion of two units into one, along with a new shopfront.

Plans state the existing vacant units have previously been used by a financial advisor and tattooist and body piercer.

Applicant Abdiasis Mohamiid has sent in the plans to St Helens Council planners.

The plans are on standard consultation to the public until Monday, April 1. A decision is expected by April 23.

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Homes on Rainford grassland

St Helens Star: The proposed siteThe proposed site (Image: St Helens Council Planning Portal)

Plans seeking outline permission to create eight detached houses on grassland have been drawn up.

Proposals for land adjacent to Peet Meadow, in Rainford, have been submitted to the council planning department.

The site sits off an unadopted cul-de-sac served from Bushey Lane.

 The application also seeks permission for landscaping, access and parking, with all other matters reserved.

Plans add: “We feel that this site will be an attractive expansion to Peet Meadow and offer high-quality housing for Rainford.”

A determination deadline on the plans is set for April 19.

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LED sign near Haydock Island

St Helens Star: The proposed location of the signThe proposed location of the sign (Image: St Helens Council Planning Portal)

Plans have been drawn up seeking to install an illuminated LED sign at the East Lancashire Road, near Haydock Island.

The application, sent to the council by Alight Media, seeks consent for the display on land adjacent the highway verge, opposite the Shell Service Station. 

Plans state the application site is located "at the edge of a sliver of woodland that overlooks the Haydock Island Roundabout where the A580 East Lancashire trunk road meets the M6 motorway". 

The proposal seeks to install "a single LED display unit" which "will display static poster images with no animation or special effects". 

The display surface will be three metres high and six metres wide. Plans say the screen would be turned off between the hours of 11pm and 6am.

They add: "Motorists taking due care and attention should be able to absorb the simple posters displayed, which will consist of familiar formats and advertisements seen elsewhere on other displays across the region."

A decision on the plans is expected by April 18. 

Reda the full story here.


HMO plans for property

St Helens Star: The propertyThe property (Image: NADA Architects (St Helens Council Planning Portal))

Plans have been drawn up to convert a property into a house of multiple occupation for “young professionals”.

Applicant Bartosz Ciuba has submitted the plans to the council for the change of use of a property on Dentons Green Lane, Dentons Green.

The property is described in plans as an “end of terrace dwelling unit which is in need of substantial modernisation”.

Plan are looking to convert the existing six-bedroom house into an eight-bedroom HMO.

The application is on standard consultation until Tuesday, April 9. A decision is expected by council planners by May 7.

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