Comments : Liverpool Waters to be re approved by Liverpool Council

Posted: 18/09/2012

Liverpool Waters is a £5.5 billion development of Liverpool's Northern Docklands by Peel Holdings which will include skyscrapers, hotels, restaurants and offices. The plans were originally approved by Liverpool City Council earlier this year but since then a series of terms and conditions have been created before the application is sent to the community’s secretary Eric Pickles.

Today, Liverpool City Council will re approve the plans for Liverpool Waters even though there has been continuing opposition to the development by English Heritage. The docklands are officially knows as the Maritime Mercantile City and was awarded its World Heritage Site status back in 2004 however, UNESCO have placed the site on its ‘in danger’ list due to there belief that Liverpool Waters will ‘fragment and isolate the historic centre’ due to the large buildings planned for the area. You can read Pali’s previous blog about this HERE.

The conditions and legal section 106 agreement included in the new application has targets for local labour and affordable housing as well as establishing a co-ordination board to oversee the 30 year scheme and deal with future planning applications. If you would like to read more about the Liverpool Waters project you can visit Pali’s previous blog HERE.

The amount of jobs that have been guaranteed for Liverpool residents have been set between 10 to 15% with 30% of the building subcontracts should be awarded to Merseyside firms. If you would like to read more about the jobs potentially coming to Merseyside from Liverpool Waters, please visit Pali’s previous blog HERE.

The agreement also states that 25% of the new homes built should be ‘affordable’ but two ‘get out’ clauses are offered. This requirement does not need to be met if assessments show that a ‘lower or no provision' for affordable housing needs to be made. Liverpool City Council’s head of planning believes that the conditions provide an ‘appropriate framework for managing and guiding development within the Liverpool Waters site’ and that ‘where amendments have been made to previous conditions these changes bring greater clarity.’ He continued to state, ‘The conditions and legal agreement continue to provide a robust range of control measures.’

Do you think the planning application for Liverpool Waters will be accepted by Eric Pickles when it is finally sent off or do you believe it will go to a public enquiry?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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