Up to 915 homes could be built on 24 plots of land across Sefton, according to a list of sites for redevelopment published by the council.

The list of sites, known as the “brownfield register”, includes former schools, abandoned industrial units and a derelict pub.

The largest site is the former Bootle gasworks, which Sefton Council believes could take up to 187 houses but would require significant decontamination work. The former gasworks is just one of several sites in Bootle that could bring more than 600 new homes to the area.

Several of the sites have already received planning permission, although some permissions have expired after developers failed to begin work within three years of the plans being approved.

The full list of sites appears below, in size order.

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Bootle Gasworks

Earmarked for 187 homes, the publicly-owned site on Litherland Road appears in Sefton’s local plan as a “regeneration opportunity site”.

According to the brownfield register, the site “could make a very good housing site that would be suitable with the surroundings” but is “heavily contaminated”.

503-509 Hawthorne Road, Bootle

This former bus depot next to the Liverpool-Leeds Canal is described as being in “poor condition” but has space for up to 119 homes.

Owner Wincham Investments received planning permission to replace the buildings with a shopping development and 119 homes in 2018 but while the buildings have been demolished construction has not yet begun.

Former People’s showroom, Linacre Lane, Bootle

A view of the boarded-up People's showroom in Linacre Lane, Bootle.
Plans to turn the former car showroom into a church fell through in 2010 and the site has been vacant ever since.

The former car showroom has been abandoned for more than a decade after plans to convert it into a church in 2010 fell through, a victim of cuts to council funding.

The brownfield register lists the site as being cleared and capable of taking 110 new homes, but adds there are “contamination issues that impact upon viability”.

Former Johnson’s Cleaners, Mildmay Road, Bootle

A four-storey block that once served as the headquarters of Johnson’s Cleaners, the site has been empty for at least 14 years.

The site’s owners gained planning permission for shops, 175 flats and 55 new houses in 2007, but so far little progress has been made and the building itself remains boarded up.

The boarded up entrance to the former Johnson's Cleaners HQ in Bootle
Plans to turn the former Johnson's Cleaners headquarters into flats appear to have stalled

Former Kew Park and Ride, Southport

The former car park off Foul Lane has been earmarked for 65 homes as part of Sefton’s local plan.

There is no planning permission for the site yet, and the council intends for it to form part of a wider redevelopment.

Former Bootle High School

The school in Browns Lane has already been demolished and has stood empty ever since.

Owned by the council and included in the local plan, it is thought to have space for 63 new homes.

Z Blocks, Netherton

The site of now demolished post-war apartment blocks off Buckley Hill Lane, the site has been earmarked for 50 homes in the brownfield register.

There is no planning permission for the site as yet, but a consultation last year suggested building 70 houses on the wider site.

Factory building, Sandy Lane, Crosby

This former industrial unit in the middle of the Sandy Road Industrial Estate has already been given planning permission for 46 homes.

Land at Pendle Drive, Bootle

Earmarked for 29 homes, this largely brownfield site has been partially cleared of its council-owned buildings.

It is included in the local plan, but so far does not have planning permission.

Land west of Lynton Road, Southport

Former railway land between the railway and existing housing, this site has no planning permission but is expected to be able to take 20 new houses.

Land south of Spencers Lane, Maghull

An area of hardstanding between the existing houses and the motorway, the council has earmarked this site for 15 homes.

Kirkstone Hotel, Netherton

This former pub on Moss Lane has already been demolished as part of plans to build 14 new flats on the site.

However, planning permission has now expired and the land appears to be up for sale for £250,000.

101 Liverpool Road, Maghull

A single house with planning permission for 12 flats, it is not clear if planning permission for this site has expired yet.

Land behind 91-97B Eastbank Street, Southport

A commercial site on the edge of Southport town centre, this location did have planning permission for 10 homes but that has since expired.

Ambulance station, Church Road, Formby

This former ambulance station had permission for 10 flats in 2014 but that permission has since expired after no work was done on the building.

Former Rawson Road Primary School, Bootle

The former primary school has now been demolished and is expected to take around 10 homes.

Land next to St Monica’s Parochial, Stewart Avenue, Bootle

This vacant site was given planning permission for 13 flats in 2016 but that plan has since fallen through and the site is now subject to an application to build a care home.

2 Well Lane, Bootle

A former industrial premises in a largely residential area, this site has planning permission for 10 homes.

18-20 Granville Road, Southport

Earmarked for eight homes, expected to be largely flats, this is the site of a number of detached houses already.

Former Litherland Methodist Church, Wilsons Lane, Netherton

This former church received planning permission for seven homes in 2016, but remains empty.

Former service station, 146 Park Lane, Netherton

This site received planning permission for 10 flats in 2017, but is now subject to a new application and likely to be a slightly smaller development of around five homes.

Former dairy, 5 Marsh Brows, Formby

The former dairy has planning permission for five homes, but permission could be about to expire as it was given in 2018.

Church Hall, 17 Mersey Road, Crosby

Approved for five homes in 2015, work at the former church hall has still not been completed.

Mushroom farm, 8-10 Cable Street, Formby

A partly developed site that has nearly been completed, but there is still some land available where development has been stalled for some time.

Sefton Council believes the remaining land has space for five homes.