Comments : Paperwork delay for Liverpool Waters
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Liverpool City Council granted Peel Holdings planning permission on the 6th March 2012 to redevelop Liverpool’s northern docklands under a scheme called the ‘Liverpool Waters’.
The project will cost £5.5 billion and involves building huge sky scrapers, new hotels and offices. However, the northern docklands is part of an Unesco World Heritage Site and the proposed plans had to be altered around the protected buildings. You can read more about this story on our previous blog HERE.
That was the first delay that Liverpool Waters faced, the second was caused by the three month period, of which has passed while paperwork was reviewed by the communities’ secretary, Eric Pickles to decide whether a public inquiry should be held. You can read more about that story on our previous blog HERE.
However, this latest delay has been caused by Liverpool City Council not sending the paperwork to Eric Pickles because they are still agreeing conditions with Peel Holdings.
It was hoped that the decision whether to hold a public inquiry would be made within the three month period that was designated for the paperwork to be sent to the communities’ secretary. Peel Holdings are already unhappy about the possible public inquiry where they stated a few months ago that they would consider pulling out if that was the case.
The firm has pushed for the decision to be made as soon as possible but its understood that they are relaxed about the latest delay. This has sparked concerns as to why Peel Holdings are so urgent for the final permission to be granted if the terms have not yet been agreed.
Eric Pickles has to decide whether to give the scheme the rubber stamp due to its overwhelming economic benefits, providing thousands of new jobs for the area, or whether to hold a public enquiry to voice the concerns of the opponents who believe the city’s World Heritage Site status is under threat by the development.
A spokesman from Liverpool City Council spoke to the Echo and said, ‘Liverpool Waters is a detailed and complex planning application which runs to many hundreds of pages and has a large number of significant conditions attached to it. It is important the information we provide to Government is as detailed and thorough as possible.’
Do you think a public enquiry should be held and if so, why?
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