PLANS: former care home could soon be turned into a restaurant and hotel
A Grade II listed former care home in Maghull could soon be turned into a restaurant and hotel.
Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group (MHLG), the company behind both the Bold and Lord Street hotels in Southport, has applied for permission to convert the former Parkhaven Trust care home at Harrison House into a 16-room hotel and restaurant.
Built in 1902 as a home for people with epilepsy, Harrison House has more recently been a care home for the elderly but has been vacant since Parkhaven Trust built its more modern facilities just north of the site.
In a planning application submitted to Sefton Council, MHLG said: “If we can create a venue where three generations of the same family can all come and enjoy individually or as a family unit we have accomplished one of our core values.
“We anticipate Harrison House to be a food and drink led venue, a place where couple will date, friends will meet, families will reunite, a place where people come together and enjoy their time and our hospitality.”
As part of the conversion, plans submitted to Sefton Council indicate the building will also be completely renovated.
MHLG’s application said: “The listed building has suffered a lot of water egress and poor patch repairs over the years, the building is now vacant which is only worsening the condition of the building.
“The new proposal will look to completely renovate the building whilst the change of use will enable the building to become accessible to the public, offering local food and drink facilities.”
The plans also include turning the gatehouse on Liverpool Road South into a three-bedroom, six-person guest accommodation.
Although it is not listed, the gatehouse is actually older than Harrison House itself and may once have served the manor house at Maghull Hall to the west of the site.
Members of the public can comment on the plans on Sefton Council’s website and the council aims to make a decision on the application by June 29.
Words: Chris McKeon, Local Democracy Reporter
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