Food Store redevelopment


  • Food Store Redevelopment Oppotunity
  • Acting on behalf of Sefton Council
  • Developable potential of 2.04 acres
  • Adjacent busy arterial road
  • Large potential customer base


An exciting food store redevelopment opportunity in the heart of Ainsdale, North Sefton. The total site measures 2.04 acres and interest is being sought from developers and end users.


The subject site is located at the junction of Sandbrook Way and Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale. Sandbrook Way is a wide pedestrianised thoroughfare linking from Sandbrook Road through to Liverpool Road, the main A565 trunk road from Liverpool to Southport. It is a popular residential suburb characterised by the beach and dunes to the west. The surrounding area is populated by a broad demographic spectrum.

Ainsdale is located 4 miles to the south of Southport and 15 miles North of Liverpool.

The predominantly residential area of Ainsdale, is a large suburb in North Sefton. Ainsdale Village is the local central hub located approximately 1 mile. It is a small but affluent seaside commercial hub. The wider area is characterised with a variety of generally small commercial uses and local amenities serving the local residential population.

Description & Specification

Sandbrook Way Neighbourhood Centre was designed and developed in the late 1960’s as a mixed-use retail and residential development. A wholesale redevelopment is now envisaged as part of the local authority’s intention to regenerate the location.

In total the area of the site is approximately 2.04 acres. The opportunity consists all of the public realm along Sandbrook Way, the cleared former PH site and the residential and retail parades that front Sandbrook Way onto Sandbrook Road. The redevelopment includes a proposed new vehicular access route on Sandbrook Way from Liverpool Road. No access is envisaged from Sandbrook Road.

A modern, bespoke Health Centre neighbours the site to the south. There is a mixture of private and social housing in the vicinity in addition to a church to the west.

The main site is held in freehold ownership by Sefton MBC. Each of the current and former retail units and the individual flats are held on separate 99-year leases from 1967.

Sefton Council has approved an approach to acquire all the existing leasehold interests to bring it under one single ownership. The Council intends as part of the redevelopment to continue with the land assembly to bring the whole of the Centre to a single ownership and thereafter offer a suitable title to enable development. Further details to be provided.

The site is located within a primarily residential area. Policy HC3 of the Sefton Local Plan sets out that:

* New residential development will be permitted in Primarily Residential Areas shown on the
Policies Map where consistent with other Local Plan policies.

* Non-residential development will be permitted in Primarily Residential Areas provided that it
can be demonstrated that the proposal:

a) will not have an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties, and
b) will otherwise not harm the character of the residential area, and
c) will not undermine objectives of the plan regarding housing delivery.

The above is intended as a guide only and all parties to satisfy their own enquiries with the local planning authority.

TERMS: Interest is sought to enter into a development agreement to regenerate and secure a new food based operator. Further details on request or negotiation.


Whilst alternatives have been identified, the preferred option is a comprehensive redevelopment solution for the site based on a standalone food store with appropriate public realm and infrastructure together with other development as appropriate.

However, this use is dependent on the provisions of Local Plan Policies HC3 and ED2 being met.

Key to the development will be the provision of a new vehicular link through to Liverpool Road along the existing Sandbrook Way. There would be no vehicular access to the site from Sandbrook Road.


The site is offered without guide. Any offer will be considered in conjunction with the proposed use.



Service Charge


Rateable Value

All costs quoted are for indicative purposes only and all all interested parties should rely on their own enquiries with the local authority.


All prices, outgoings and rentals quoted are exclusive of VAT, but may be liable at prevailing rate. Further information on request.


Interest is sought to enter into a development agreement to regenerate and secure a new food based operator. Further details on request or negotiation.

Legal Costs

Unless otherwise stated all parties to bear their own legal costs.


Due to the wholesale redevelopment EPC is not appropriate. Any development would be expected to meet excellent energy standards.