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Green light expected for new Edge Lane leisure attractions

A climbing wall and an interactive exhibition space are among further new Edge Lane retail and leisure features awaiting the go-ahead.

Plans to develop new buildings and remodel existing sites to make way for new attractions, shops and food and drink operators will go before Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week.

Derwent Group, which is currently transforming of Edge Lane Retail Park into the new Liverpool Shopping Park, is seeking full planning permission for two further sections of the development on land to the east of Montrose Way.

If approved, one section would provide nine ground floor restaurant units, along with a six-screen cinema and a bowling alley on the upper floor on the site of the current B&Q and Binns Road Trading Estate.

The other section would see the re-use and reconfiguration of existing units to the eastern side of the site to create four retail units, including a discount food retailer, along with a climbing wall unit and an interactive exhibition space devoted to Meccano.

The mixed-use buildings would also be accompanied by 545 car parking spaces and cycle parking.

A council document to be considered by the planning committee says: “The application proposes out-of-centre retail development but must be considered in the context of the wider Edge Lane regeneration scheme and in conjunction with the retail development nearing completion on the Ian Skelly site.

“The proposals effectively represent a reordering of the retail and leisure floor space which has already been approved within the main Edge Lane retail site to meet the needs of intended retail occupiers and to allow this section of the site to be delivered as a distinct phase of development.”

Recommending the development for approval subject to conditions, the document adds: “The interim head of planning considers that the proposed development can be accommodated on the site without undue impact on the amenities of surrounding residents or highway safety and, as with the previous approvals for retail and leisure development along Edge Lane, the regeneration benefits of the proposals would outweigh any concerns over retail impact on nearby centres.”

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