Torus wins consent for £40m Liverpool scheme

Affordable housing provider Torus will build 185 apartments and 10 townhouses in the northern docklands in Liverpool after securing planning consent. Tony McDonough reports

Image of a new £30m Torus development in Lightbody Street, Liverpool


Affordable housing provider has secured planning consent for a £40m development in Liverpool’s northern docklands.

Located next to Stanley Dock and adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the 0.8-hectare former industrial site in Lightbody Street, off Great Howard Street, will see the construction of 185 apartments and 10 townhouses.

Built as an affordable housing scheme, the project will offer one, two and three-bedroom properties available via Rent to Buy. It will also create 7,750 sq ft of commercial space split between new units on the ground floor of the proposed apartment building and the site’s disused railway arches. Work willl begin in spring 2022.

Torus says it will “breathe new life” into the derelict site and create a community that not only recognises, Liverpool’s maritime heritage through incorporating a number of pedestrian links alongside the north edge of the listed Stanley Flight Canal Locks.

Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments, said: “We’re incredibly excited to receive planning for the Lightbody Street scheme and create homes that will further add to the unique history and landscape of the city.

“This development will completely transform the area and help create a thriving community everyone can enjoy – from residents to local businesses and even tourists – Lightbody will have an incredibly positive impact on the city at large.”

And the senior development manager at Torus Developments, Matthew Rushton, added: “This development is so intrinsically linked to the Ten Streets Framework area of North Liverpool and it’s fantastic to see how many resources are being invested into the regeneration of the area.

“Our Lightbody development will see the sensitive regeneration of a vacant site in an important and heritage-rich part of the city, which will become a real asset for the area, for many years to come.”

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