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BDP's £750m Liverpool masterplan hit by objections

BDP's £750 million redevelopment of Liverpool's Paradise Street area is facing serious delays following local objections to a series of Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Both Liverpool City Council's planning department and the scheme's backers have already accepted the inevitability of an autumn public inquiry and delays of up to a year.

The 17ha scheme - for the Duke of Westminster's property firm Grosvenor/Henderson - won planning permission on Christmas Eve and avoided a call. Its predecessor, a Studio BAAD scheme, was rejected by a planning inquiry last year (AJ 3.10.02).

But Kate Smart, Grosvenor's development surveyor on the scheme, told the AJ that she now expects the project to go to a CPO inquiry. 'We anticipate that there will be delays, ' she said. 'There are at least 200 properties on the site and it seems highly likely that at least one owner will object.

'We do not expect to be on site before the middle of 2005 because of these setbacks, ' she added.

The BDP scheme creates massive retail, residential and office developments as part of a masterplan linking the city's docklands to its residential heart. There are also plans for individual buildings on the site to be designed by Brook Carmichael Architects, Page and Park Architects and Haworth Tompkins Architects.

However, planning officer Brian Boardman agreed that 'serious delays' are in the pipeline. 'It is inevitable that with a scheme of this size and the number of properties involved there will be serious objections, ' he said.

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