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Plans for Heap’s Rice Mill site in Liverpool released

Developer plans Image copyright One Park Lane
Image caption Plans for the £130m complex include four new-build blocks as well as the warehouse refurbishment

Plans have been released for the refurbishment of a derelict Victorian warehouse in Liverpool after it was granted Grade II listed status.

The move follows developers withdrawing plans to demolish Heap's Rice Mill, on Beckwith Street, after it was given its status by English Heritage.

Developer One Park Lane aims to create a £130m complex including 800 homes.

Former uses of the site, which dates back to the 1780s, include preparing rice for Kellogg's Rice Krispies.

As well as the refurbishment of the warehouse buildings, proposals for the 12,000 sq ft (1115 sq m) site include a new 14-storey building and three 10-storey buildings.

Adam Hall, from Falconer Chester Hall Architects, said: "Since Heap's Mill was spot listed we have been working with English Heritage and Liverpool City Council to find a solution for designing the high quality new development which will compliment and help secure the restoration of the mill."

In its report, English Heritage said: "Heap's Rice Mill is not only one of the earliest, but one of the last surviving warehouse complexes in this area, serving as an important physical reminder of the area's rich trading links and mercantile history."

It is thought the plans will be considered by Liverpool City Council's planning committee by 28 October.

Image copyright John S Turner
Image caption The site dates back to the 1780s as a rice mill

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