A property development firm in Altrincham has been given the green light to go ahead and convert the Mostyn House School building in Parkgate into housing.

PJ Livesey Group will develop 87 properties after a unanimous decision was reached by Cheshire West and Chester Council planning members. The existing buildings are to be renovated to create 38 apartments and six houses. A further 43 properties will be built at the rear. Calder Peel will be responsible for the design.

The increase in housing options in the area is expected to bring with it a rise in the demand for builders on the Wirral, especially as tenants start to consider adding extensions and conservatories.

PJ Livesey’s development director, James Woodmansee, said that although the implementation was complex, the members of the committee have seen how much work and consultation has been invested in the last 24 months to get the project up to where it is today. He said:

“It is rare to achieve a unanimous vote and really is a credit to all those involved and a testament to the dedication and skills within the company.

“The development will be a jewel in the PJ Livesey portfolio and saves not only the fine school building but also secures the future of the original chapel.”

The firm has made a six-figure payment available which will be invested in maintaining the chapel, which is located at the site’s centre.

It has further contributed funding to Sport England in order to make sporting facilities available in the area.