Liverpool City Council have approved plans for the refurbishment of a row of derelict shops in Dale Street despite concerns over “security risks” to the magistrates court, reports The Liverpool Echo.
The council gave the go-ahead to the project to rescue the Georgian terrace, the earliest example in Liverpool of so called 'shop houses', ie purpose-built shop incorporating accommodation blocks in the city. The new scheme, by developers Jam Works Limited, will respect this historic use by creating flats above shops. The Lord Chancellor's Department objected to the proposals on the grounds that some apartments would overlook the courtyard where suspects are brought into the courts, but a planning condition will ensure that walls are built to shield the courtyard from view. The Georgian Group has welcomed the salvation of a derelict and threatened terrace which has long faced an uncertain future.