The vacant Blue Anchor pub on Market Street could be demolished and replaced with a convenience store and flats if plans submitted to Wirral Council are approved.
The Co-op group has submitted plans (see here) to demolish the Blue Anchor and replace the building with a ground-floor convenience store and 8 2-bedroom flats within a 3-storey building. It has been rumoured for some time that the empty, recently boarded-up pub (pictured above) would be redeveloped.
As detailed in the planning documents the existing Co-op store will relocate:
It is expected that the retail unit will be operated as a Co-op local convenience store, open seven days a week from early morning until late evening. It will replace the existing Co-op store at The Row on Market St, 200m to the south, which is constrained and has inadequate off-street servicing and customer parking facilities. The existing store will be marketed for lease to an appropriate new tenant.
Parking for 25 vehicles, some of which will be private parking for residents, will be made available to left-hand side of the new building:
The documents also state:
Land at the rear, fronting onto Elm Terrace next to the Scout Hut has always belonged to the pub, and has been transferred in title to the current owners. This application proposes no development of this land, and there will be no means of access for customers, staff or residents to Elm Terrace via this route.
So. An opportunity to replace an eyesore on the Market Street landscape? An unwelcome national retailer creating one new shop but leaving their existing one empty? A chance to create 8 new homes in the centre of Hoylake? Handy parking for Home Bargains customers?
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