PLANS for flats on the site of a former Wirral pub have been unanimously approved by councillors tonight.

The Millhouse in Millhouse Lane, Moreton, will now be demolished so Liverpool Housing Trust can build 28 one and two-bedroom flats built in its place.

The aim is to start building within the next year.

The scheme, which also features landscaping and car parking, was drawn up following concerns that previous applications were out of keeping with the area.

The site, in the middle of a residential area, was previously owned by Warrington-based GallifordTry, who were given permission to build 38 apartments for the over 55s.

It sparked a local protest with around 150 people signing a petition and more than 40 letters being sent to the council opposing the scheme.

The vacant land has recently attracted increasing concern, with incidents of vandalism and fly tipping.

Ward councillor Bruce Berry, who was involved in the campaign against the original development, told the Globe tonight: "This site has become an increasing blot on the local landscape, situated in the middle of a popular residential area on one of the main roads in Moreton. 

"I'm pleased the developer has submitted a smaller plan, that is more in keeping with the area and, like many people, cannot wait to have this eyesore finally removed from our community."