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Ambitious plans for a massive redevelopment of the Cains Brewery site in the Baltic Triangle have been approved by planners, following a successful lobbying bid by owners the Dusanj brothers.

While all brewing on the site was suspended earlier this year, the £150m village will include a smaller craft-style brewery and retain the existing Brewery Tap pub.

The Dusanj brothers intend to turn the site into a significant retail and leisure complex to extend the southern reach of the city centre and connect to the marina, with plans for a four-screen cinema, boutique hotel, gym, food and drink courtyard, upscale supermarket, artisan food hall and a rooftop ‘sky’ bar amid the listed redbrick exterior. This first phase is due to be completed by 2016.

A second phase will include housing developments and should boost footfall in the Baltic Triangle area, while a much-mooted reopening of the Northern Line’s St James’ Station on the corner of Parliament Street and Park Road would seem slightly more likely.

Sticking points might be the projected 500 parking spaces to cater for a projected 775 “high-quality’ homes or (our italics) 2,500 student flats. We know where we’d put our money.

At a Baltic Traingle CIC meeting this Summer Sudarghara Dusanj outlined his plans for the site, which included a large supermarket that he explained would ideally be occupied by Waitrose, whose nearest store to Liverpool city centre is currently Formby, 12 miles away.

While we can’t quite see the attraction to Waitrose of opening a store in a light industrial area quite yet, the Baltic will get a significant shot in the arm if the Dusanj’s visions come to fruition.

The search now starts for potential operators of the hotel, supermarket and cinema.

  • Realist.

    Another typical short-term gain led LCC plan.

    1) Designate area as creative district.
    2) Allow new huge development where part of the draw will be that it’s in said creative district.
    3) Development massively increases property prices in the area.
    4) Creative district becomes another culturally devoid beige part of town.
    5) Creatives who helped the area rise move somewhere affordable with absolutely no thanks.

  • creative snobbery

    Real men don’t need thanks. Better start packing up and finding the next ‘creative’ areas if it’s that much of a problem.

    This is a positive situation and your reply has negative coronations written all over it.

  • creative snobbery

    connotations* before you Piers Morgan me.

  • Numpty

    Waitrose and Park Road. Please let this happen; it would be hilarious.

  • Richard

    We had it from the horse’s mouth that Waitrose have no intention of opening in Liverpool. We’ve put other sites to them and it was a a definite NO! :<

  • p-air

    “ideally waitrose…” but realistically tesco…

  • Rich

    500 parking spaces, beautiful

  • LN

    This is how the Dusanj’s treat people. And supermarkets stopped ordering from them because a) they weren’t delivering on time b) the product was poor quality because they weren’t investing in it properly and c) they went against contractual agreements with said supermarkets.

    I know a few people who worked there and they were all treated badly.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/incoming/union-boss-furious-cains-plan-3840005

    I haven’t got much faith.

  • Alan Devine

    The Dusanj brothers: remember them taking Cains into administration and then re-buying the assets at a fraction of the cost?
    I only hope no public money is being ‘invested’ in this fantasy scheme.

  • shysters

    It may have been positive if the Dusanj brothers had offered all the people they sacked from the Cains Brewery – without wages, holiday pay or redundancy – some shares in the new “redevelopment” company they created as compensation.

  • Michael Lacey

    ill run the cinema, if they ask politely

  • willie

    ideal place for a sea school , get our kids into a career in the merchant navy , i know the fleet is decimated but belive it or not quite a few shipping companies have changed back to our beloved “red duster”! hence emloying the much sort after the humble british seaman /woman !

  • Computer Commuter

    I’m incredibly torn over the Cains development. Whilst on the one hand it would potentially be a fantastic thing for the area, I was frankly disgusted by the Dusanj’s handling of the brewery and treatment of its workers, to the extent that I’d be very reluctant to patronise such a complex if it ever happened.

    I’d love to have a Waitrose in the city, though!