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Simons Developments secure planning permission for Queen's Drive, Liverpool

Liverpool City Councils Planning Committee have resolved to grant planning permission for a transformative scheme that will provide the Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP) with new, fit-for-purpose headquarters. The planning application was submitted by Simons Group.

The scheme sees the arrival of new MS Simply Food and Aldi stores, together with new, fit-for-purpose headquarters for Merseyside Society for Deaf People. The MS Simply Food store will include 8,500 sq ft of sales area including a customer cafe, whilst the 16,500 sq ft Aldi supermarket will complete the development and create up to 100 new jobs when finished. Both operators have committed to working with local councillors and Mayor Joe Anderson to target recruitment locally.

In addition, Simons Group has committed to inviting local sub-contractors to tender for work on the development. Simons Groups Development Director Jonathan Bennett said, We are delighted with the councils approval for our plans. We are confident that the scheme will be of significant benefit locally, starting with new local jobs. The retail units proposed will enhance consumer choice and competition in the areas food retail sector, with the provision of two additional neighbourhood foodstores operated by very distinctive and popular national brands . Being able to help provide new facilities for MSDP will only further increase what the area has to offer and our proposals were very well received by local people during an extensive public consultation. he added.

The proposals will see the demolition of MSDPs offices, with a new building constructed for it at the front of the site. Speaking on behalf the society, chief executive Jackie McCreanney said, This proposal will enable the society to continue the work it began one hundred and fifty years ago, providing training, support and care for the deaf community. With more efficient and comfortable space for our staff and clients we can improve our service levels and fulfil more of our mission. The plans have enjoyed extensive support locally and were particularly grateful to our ward councillors and to local MP Stephen Twigg for their efforts and encouragement.

Demolition of the existing building, constructed in 1960s will commence in Spring 2015, with construction expecting to commence in immediately thereafter. It is anticipated the stores will be open for trading in December 2015.

HOW Planning acted as planning consultants on the scheme. Daniel Brown, Principal Planner at HOW Planning added, We are delighted to have secured permission having worked hard to convince the Local Authority of the merits of our planning case and look forward to seeing this important site being redeveloped. The benefits to the wider economy speak for themselves, with the proposals delivering a significant number of new jobs and facilitating the MSDPs relocation to a much needed new community and educational facility on their existing site.

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