Carey Jones has been given the go-ahead for its controversial redevelopment of the former International Garden Festival site in Liverpool, despite CABE's claims that the scheme was 'flawed' and 'unacceptable'.
It is understood that Langtree McLean, the developer behind the proposals for nearly 1,400 homes and a new public park on the abandoned site, chose to ignore the design watchdog's final comments following a public spat last month ( War of words after CABE pans Liverpool housing development
In a bitter exchange between the design team and CABE, the outraged developer vehemently defended the scheme, saying the commission had not 'properly considered' the latest application and that the 'design review comments [were] not reflective of the very positive changes' made to the £250 million project.
The AJ believes that Carey Jones has not made any significant revisions to the application, and yesterday's green light, which came about after a 'marathon meeting' of Liverpool City Council's planning committee, has delighted the development team.
Speaking after the decision, David Rolinson, planning manager for Langtree McLean, said: 'We couldn't have received better news today.
'This is the result of three years of careful planning in order to get this scheme absolutely right.'
However, the war may not yet be over for Carey Jones. Several objectors, including members of the Mersey Estuary Conservation Group, vowed to fight to stop the scheme which they claim is inappropriate for the 36ha park.by Richard Waite