Birkenhead aparthotel gets planning green light

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UK: The Wirral Council has granted planning consent for the conversion of buildings on Birkenhead's Hamilton Square into an aparthotel.

Numbers 53 to 55 Hamilton Square are within the grade I-listed terrace near the former Birkenhead Town Hall. They were built in 1825 by James Gillespie Graham, forming part of the formal plans for the square, which was designed by John Laird.

The conversion of the properties will provide a 28-key aparthotel. Each unit will be self-contained with its own kitchen and bathroom.

A heritage statement submitted with the application said the proposals would have a "positive impact by providing an appropriate and beneficial use for this importance architectural and historic asset, which will help to provide certainty and investment for the future".

In their decision notice, Wirral Council planning officers said: "It is considered that the proposed development would be in keeping with the character of the area and would not introduce harm to the street scene."

Approval was subject to a number of conditions.

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