The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Good Help, in Chesnut Grove, Wavertree (nowadays spelt Chestnut Grove) was opened in 1887 and closed down in 2011. The Catholics of Wavertree were previously catered for by St Oswald's in Old Swan, and nowadays the parish church is the Christ the King building on Queens Drive.

Since the church closed, people have been wondering what is to happen to the site, including the former Presbytery and the Parish Social Centre further along the road. None of the buildings is Listed, but the site lies within the Wavertree Village Conservation Area so planning permission will be needed for any demolition, redevelopment or change of use. Of particular historical interest is the former Presbytery, which was built by the short-lived Wavertree Baths Company as a private bathing establishment in 1867. For a while - until the Town Hall was opened in 1873 - the front part of the building housed the offices of the Wavertree Local Board of Health.

The whole site has been on the market for some time, and a planning application (ref. 17F/1105) has now been submitted to convert the Presbytery - and part of the adjacent Parish Centre - into a day nursery for 110 children (the capacity being estimated by the applicant as 20 babies, 60 toddlers and 30 pre-school places). Part of the Parish Centre building is to be demolished, to allow the creation of an outdoor play area for the children, and additional windows are to be inserted, at low level, within the west wall of the 'Baths' building.

While we have no objection in principle to the proposed conversion, we have expressed concern about the traffic implications in such a congested part of Wavertree village, and have requested more information about what the owners intend to do with the former Church building.

View our pictures of the Presbytery building as it was in 1867 and as it is in 2017.

The closing date for comments on the planning application is 1st June 2017.
They may be made online via

FOR MORE INFORMATION about local planning applications and how to submit comments, phone Liverpool City Council on 0151 233 3021 or, for guidance on using the Planning Explorer system, visit

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. 17F/1105) 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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