Conversion held threat to city centre

The conversion of a redundant warehouse in Liverpool to a cafe-bar and art gallery has been ruled out because it would divert investment out of the city centre, an inspector has concluded.

The inspector accepted that the cafe-bar would serve the needs of local employees and residents. But he took into account PPS6's advice that the art gallery, as a leisure use, and the cafe-bar had to be supported by evidence of need and a lack of any sequentially preferable sites. No information on these matters had been submitted, he recorded.

He was concerned that the scale and nature of the development would divert investment away from the city centre. A more central location would be more sustainable, he decided. He also feared that the facility would adversely affect highway safety because no off-street parking was envisaged and it would be likely to attract a significant number of car-borne customers.

DCS Number 100-050-201

Inspector Chris Watson; Written representations.

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