In April 2017, planning permission 16F/1122 and listed building consent 16L/1123 was granted for the conversion of the former Crying Tree pub in Grange Lane (originally a house called Gorsey Cop) into 8 flats, and the redevelopment of the grounds to include 5 newbuild dwellings - plus 2 units within the converted barn/coach-house - following partial demolition of the former Penrods function suite. Since that time, very little seems to have happened. Now the owner, Mr Lee Goldsmith, has submitted a further planning application (21F/1249) to reconfigure the interior of the listed building in a slightly different way.

The amendments proposed are: (i) to extend two ground floor flats into the lower ground floor, to form duplex units, (ii) to create 3 instead of 2 flats on the first floor, (iii) to incorporate the attic space below the roof lantern into a second-floor unit, and (iv) to omit the proposed lower ground floor flat, but to create a small communal gym there. The application says these changes are the result of "market appraisal and advice on the saleability of the proposed apartments".The owner's objective is for work on the conversion to begin "in the near future".

Above: The former Crying Tree pub, pictured in April 2020
© Mike Chitty, The Gateacre Society

To view the submitted drawings and other documents relating to Liverpool planning applications, visit the
Liverpool Planning Explorer website:

and enter the relevant reference (e.g. 21F/1249) into the Application Number box. Then click on the 'Search' button. When details of the application appear, click on the application number - in the left-hand column - to reach the 'Details Page for Planning Application'. For a copy of the application form, drawings, etc., click on 'Related Documents' (at the bottom of the page). To view any of the PDF files listed, right-click on the Document Name and download/save the file in the usual way. To submit comments to the Liverpool City Council Planning Department, click on 'Add Comments Here' to the right of the 'Comments Until' date. Or you can email your comments to , making sure that you quote your name, your postal address and the Application Number.

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