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Hope Street Hotel in bid to overturn balcony curfew

Neighbours give cautious backing to scheme

Written by . Published on December 30th 2013.

Hope Street Hotel in bid to overturn balcony curfew

IT'S one of the few Liverpool hotels with an international reputation. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stayed there during her trip to the UK. European football teams use it as their base. 

But users of the rooftop penthouse and nearby reception lounge at the award winning Hope Street Hotel are banned from using outdoor terrace areas offering stunning views of the city at night. 

An 8pm curfew was imposed after angry protests from people living nearby who feared late night boozy events on the balconies overlooking Hope Place, Hope Street and Hardman Street. It came after the hotel built a large extension next to the main building, using part of the former Merseyside Police Headquarters, creating the roof terraces. 

Now the owners of the hotel have asked the council to amend a planning condition that would allow visitors to soak up the Liverpool skyline after dusk, by extending the hours the terraces can be used. 

Their application has now been given a boost with support – albeit qualified – from the guardians of the residential community, the Rodney Street Association. 

The hotel says it has spent months working with city planners, devising screening and noise control measures to ensure the homes of neighbours in Hope Place will not be overlooked or disturbed by the night time use of the terraces. 

Dr Emlyn Williams, chairman of the Rodney Street Association, says his group has carefully researched the application to extend the hours when the terraces can be used. 

Hope-Street-05-938X575The hotel and its extension with panoramic views from the fifth floor terraces

He tells planning officers: “It seems the proposed limitation of access to one end of the balcony will ensure Hope Place properties are not overlooked.” 

He adds: “The association is keen to support the hotel and also to protect those living in the locality. It would suggest the conditions are varied as requested for a trial period with monitoring of noise levels, prior to any definitive change to the conditions previously imposed.” 

Dr Williams told Liverpool Confidential: “If there is a noise problem I am confident that members will lose no time in informing environmental health.” 

A 15-page report giving details of what is proposed has been submitted on behalf of the hotel by its consultants, The Planning Studio. 

Their report states: “The hotel management are fully aware of the concerns that the council has and can assure the council that it is not their intention to allow any noisy activity to take place on the fifth floor balcony and no amplified noise will be allowed to be audible at the nearest residential properties. 

HshThe bit overlooking Hope Place will be blocked off to visitors

“It is the hotel’s own interest to ensure the activity that takes place on the balconies is conducted in a quiet and respectful manner as the balconies are directly below and above guest bedrooms. 

“The hotel management does not allow any music or other source of loud noise to be heard outside in the balcony areas and for that they work the function room activities on the advice from their noise consultant, who has been involved in this case since the first use of the balconies over two years ago.” 

The consultants add the current restriction is harmful to the hotel’s efforts to be fully responsive to its customer requests for use of the hotel extension facilities.

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 30th 2013.

I wonder when the Rodney Street Association will do something about the number of louts living in Rodney Street?

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Amos NonymousDecember 30th 2013.

They must be members of the Bullingdon Club. Do you have any idea of what it costs to rent or buy in this street. They must be the most well heeled louts there are. Just the type of wealthy lout that the Mayor is hoping to attract.

AnonymousDecember 30th 2013.

Buy-to-let racketeers aren't fussy.

Mickeydrippin'December 31st 2013.

Sadly, there are always going to be problems of this nature whereby residents complain about revellers in local bars and clubs. A similar dispute arose some years ago in the Duke Street area and even people living in flats in the Castle Street area have been known to complain about noise generated during daytime from big city centre events. Liverpool needs nightlife or otherwise the city centre will become a ghost town after 6 pm, so the answer is: if you don't want to hear people enjoying themselves, then don't live in the city centre.

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Amos NonymousDecember 31st 2013.

I lived in the city centre for many a year, can't say that the noise ever woke me up, I was up anyway, practicing the drums.

AnonymousJanuary 3rd 2014.

I see the old Hannehman Hospital is up for sale as student flats or a boutique hotel. I'm sure you reported on here not so long ago that Maghull Developments had been given permission to convert it into student flats. I bet the locals would prefer a hotel rather than hundreds of noisy students invading their street.

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AnonymousJanuary 4th 2014.

In the 50s and 60s when nobody wanted to invest in the city centre the then council let them throw up any old shite, the ugliest, cheapest architecture imaginable. Beggars couldn't be choosers so the city had to be grateful for anything. Even today's modern architecture isn't much better. Now there is a lack of people wanted office space so what do we do, we studify the city centre with flats everywhere so students can all live close to the late night bars, rather than closer to their colleges (shows which they see as most important). Problem is for months every year when the students head home to dry-out the city suffers from a sudden drop in population and income.

Amos NonymousJanuary 4th 2014.

There are in excess of 50,000 students, who do not pay council tax, so if anyone is benefitting, it is not the Council. Landlords and property owners are the people who benefit, it would be more than interesting to know what they pay. It's like the events that are staged by the council, they are forever telling Joe Public, how many millions are spent in the city, how much of it finds its way in to the public coffers..........I'm still waiting for my share of the status one megabucks.......some other bugger got my wack, and never cracked on.

Amos NonymousJanuary 4th 2014.

Talking about shite......Who let them build that prison ship, on the queens Dock

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