Plans for a hotel near Anfield Stadium must be approved

Plans to convert two houses into a hotel near Anfield stadium are due for approval next week.

The Liverpool Council planning committee will meet next week to discuss Anfield Living’s proposals to convert two Victorian villas into a 27-bedroom hotel.

The homes are technically located on Oakfield, a quieter side road off Oakfield Road. However, the hotel would be designed to be accessible to guests from the main road.

The planners recommend that the committee approve the project despite opposition from the three local councilors in the neighborhood as well as a number of neighbors.

A report attached to the planning request said: “The proposal for a 27-room hotel would bring a large neglected and underutilized property back to productive use in a prominent location.

“Despite a number of objections from neighborhood councilors and neighboring residents, the project would provide satisfactory levels of amenity for future residents without unduly interfering with the residential convenience of neighbors.

“While residents of Oakfield fear that the C1 [hotel] use is not appropriate in a quiet residential area, the hotel would be oriented towards the more lively Oakfield Road which has a mix of uses.

The hotel could accommodate a maximum of 54 people, most of the rooms being double rooms.

Objections to the proposals focused on concerns about a growing number of AirBnB-style hotels and accommodations in the area, as well as concerns about noise and loss of privacy.

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However, the planners said the city’s planning policies support the creation of a hotel because “Anfield Stadium is less than 500m from the site and the areas around the grounds accommodate hotel accommodation which is address in part to the football market ”.

The Liverpool Council planning committee will consider the proposals next Tuesday.

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