Comments : Liverpool Waterfront regeneration scheme given the green light but faces a delay
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The £5.5billion regeneration for the Liverpool Waterfront has been given the go ahead by the city’s Council planning committee, unfortunately the developers, Peel Holdings face a three-month wait to find out if there will be a public inquiry.
Peel Holdings also have a sister project, the Wirral Waters, which has the potential to be one of the largest regeneration developments in Europe and the Liverpool Waterfront is seen as a corresponding and complementary scheme.
There are concerns that the 150 acre site which will be situated on the docklands, will impact on the World Heritage Site, more details about the argument can be found on our previous blog, New images of the Liverpool Waterfront Skyline released from Peel Holdings, which means the application for the plans will be sent to the World Heritage Site secretary, Eric Pickles MP for further reviewing.
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A group from the Liverpool planning committee took a look at the docklands from the Wirral, on the opposite side of the River Mersey then explored the ground that is to be redeveloped and the decision was made to go ahead with the proposed plans after a three hour long hearing.
After the assessment, Joe Anderson, Liverpool City Council’s leader, shared his view of the rejuvenation of the Liverpool docks; ‘The scale of what is being proposed is breath-taking. It represents a five and half billon pound investment to create thousands of jobs, provide new housing and attract new businesses and more visitors to the city.’
‘Today’s decision is for future generations. The new investment, businesses and employment opportunities Liverpool Waters will bring is the future for our city.’
‘Everybody is well aware of the concerns about heritage, but we can have the strikingly modern, while retaining our world heritage status.’
To summarise, in the next three months the plans for Liverpool Waterfront will either face minor alternations, dramatic changes or go to a public inquiry in which case, Peel Holdings have threatened to walk away and concentrate on their Wirral Waters project.
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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