Former Sumners pub site sees new flats plan filed

The Sumners being demolished Photo: Dave Tattersall

Plans have been tabled for new apartments in the Sumners public house, associated beer garden and car park at 195 Watling Street Road, which was demolished in October 2018.


It is proposed to develop the site to create a residential development where the public house once stood, overlooking the junction of Sir Tom Finney Way and Watling Street Road.

The development comprises 90 apartments comprising 46 one-bed and 44 two-bed units, all at market value in Fulwood.

This updated application and planning scheme removes the ground floor commercial and flex units from the first block and replaces them with additional residential apartments. It also removes the community center as the occupier has found an alternate location in Fulwood.

Block 1 is located to the west of the existing residential properties along Watling Street Road, occupying the northwestern part of the site, which was once occupied by a public house.

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This block comprises a four-storey apartment building facing Watling Street Road, which will house a total of 34 apartments (18 one-bed and 16 two-bed).

Block two is located towards the southeast part of the site and comprises a five-storey residential use arranged in an L-shape.

This block includes a basement that follows the natural slope of decreasing slope towards the rear of the site. There are 29 units in Block 2 of which 15 are single bed and 14 are twin.

Heavy machinery at work on the Sumners site Photo: Chris66092274
Heavy machinery at work on the Sumners site Photo: Chris66092274

Access is located to the west of the development, with an entrance taken from Sir Tom Finney Way, which was once used to access the car park of the old public house.

It is further proposed to introduce a new exit onto Watling Street Road to the northeast of the site, which is currently an unused access point.

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The site will be controlled by signage so that there is separate access and exit from the site, while shutters or a barrier will ensure that the new exit functions as an exit only.

In total, the site will have 90 parking spaces, 6 of which will be reserved for disabled people. The development also offers four separate secure bicycle storage areas for all site users, one located in the northeast corner of the development next to the proposed exit point, one on the southeast side and a bicycle bank centrally located areas directly adjacent to the central parking area.

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Amanda J. Marsh