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PUB SQUEEZES INTO pounds 15m HOMES PLAN; Historic inn ' s new neighbours.

Byline: NEIL HODGSON

WE'VE heard of having a pub on your doorstep, but take a look at this!

This is the first image of Liverpool developers David McLean and Iliad's pounds 15m housing scheme in the city's Cumberland Street, incorporating the famous Poste House boozer.

Regulars at the 182-year-old watering hole fought a year-long campaign, backed by the ECHO, to save it from the bulldozers.

Builders wanted to flatten the pub and part of the former municipal annexe in a scheme to create 34 luxury flats and convert part of the remaining annexe into offices, flats and shops.

They eventually agreed to keep the Poste House - which it is claimed over the years has served Prince Philip, Jack the Ripper suspect James Maybrick, Adolf Hitler, Bob Dylan and Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher - and this image is the result.

McLean construction boss Ken Dalton said: ``Construction is about to commence with the initial pounds 2.5m phase on site before the end of the year with the remaining works eventually scheduled for early in 2003.''

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, also backed the campaign to save the pub, and held a protest meeting in December 2000 backed by drinkers who have made it their local watering hole for many decades.

In July last year, licensee Brenda Lancaster, CAMRA and pub regulars marched from the pub to Liverpool Town Hall to address the planning committee about their opposition to the demolition plan.

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COSY: An impression of how the Poste House will fit into the developer's plans for the old municipal annexe site in Cumberland Street
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2002
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