Proposals for a new cinema and mixed-use complex in Hoylake have recently been published.
You may recall the original Hoylake Beacon (website) project that was proposed for the old Hoylake Lifeboat Station. The curtains closed early on that scheme due to planning and ownership issues concerning the piece of land to the side of the old station and over issues (I think) of use of the building – at that time the building was operating as the Hoylake Lifeboat Museum.
The latest proposals are for new buildings on Albert Road, on land behind the old Hoylake Town Hall (the job centre) – some detail here. I presume this proposal involves the demolition of the old fire station, which I do not believe to be a Listed building (see list). That building was previously Jack Rabbits and was recently used as bar called Flat Foot Sam’s.
The proposed scheme will offer “high quality retail, office, residential and leisure space” and a new cinema (by operator Light Cinema, who have a multi-screen cinema in New Brighton). For a more detailed, pictorial view of the scheme, take a look at these outline plans (pdf). It is not clear what would happen to the Pilates studio and the barbers that currently operate in buildings on Albert Road.
As with the original proposals, this is an outline scheme and is obviously subject to discussion and change. As a commercial development the figures will need to be viable for potential investors. Planning consent will be required and some parties might object to all or some elements of the scheme. Even with the train station directly opposite the site and a bus stop around the corner, car parking allocation will be a consideration for both the cinema, retail outlets and offices alongside the new apartments. If successful, the scheme would presumably bring additional visitors (day and night) and revenue to Hoylake and create new jobs.
Comments more than welcome.