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EH demands Liverpool Waters scale back

The £5.5 billion plans for Liverpool Waters have sparked concerns that could the city’s World Heritage Site status could be put in jeopardy

The developer behind the multi-billion pound scheme has been forced to reassess its proposals after English Heritage (EH) expressed fears the huge project could threaten Liverpool’s World Heritage Status (WHS).

Peel Holdings’ plans include a series of skyscrapers, housing up to 14,000 apartments, on a 40ha waterfront site. As a result of EH concerns, Peel has agreed the scheme will not now include buildings over 15 storeys high with a further eight skyscrapers scrapped from the original plans altogether.

however, according to a leaked document seen by AJ sources, EH is still concerned that the plans could put the ‘outstanding universal value’ of the WHS in danger.

The secret report to an EH Advisory Committee meeting held today (28 July) reveals a series of remaining objections to the outline plans - proposals which were originally drawn up by Chapman Taylor and have yet to be submitted for planning.

‘The developer will need to make further significant amendments to mitigate the harmful impacts of the current scheme and it is far from certain Peel will be prepared to do so’, the report reads.

Peel, however, are still hopeful that a compromise will be reached. Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Peel’s development director Lindsey Ashworth said: ‘I think we will find a solution and some common gorund, but that does not mean removing all the tall buildings.’

He continued: ‘Over the years you fine tune things. I think what we have got is a really nicely balanced scheme. We are 75 per cent there with English Heritage.’

The developer’s £4.5 billion Wirral Waters scheme on the other side of the Mersey - designed by a raft of architects including the likes of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, HKR, Skidmore Owings Merrill and Glenn Howells - will be looked at by Wirral Council’s planning committee next week.


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