Mayoral contender moots Liverpool Waters enquiry
Mayoral candidate Liam Fogarty has demanded the government subject Peel Holding’s £5.5 billion waterfront project to a public enquiry if approved this week
Fogarty – who is a former BBC journalist and independent candidate running in Liverpool’s mayoral elections – has written to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles over the controversial Chapman Taylor-designed scheme.
In the letter, he described the project as ‘mediocre and soulless’ and suggested the scheme, alongside its sister scheme in Wirral, ‘represents an out-dated model of global property development that was discredited once the credit crunch began to bite.’
He added: ‘Notions of building not just a “Dubai” but an “Abu Dhabi” on either side of the River Mersey are surely fanciful’.
Last week however, developer Peel Holdings said it was unafraid to ‘walk away’ from £5.5 billion redevelopment of Liverpool’s waterfront if the project goes to public inquiry.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee is set to make a decision over the project tomorrow (6 March).
UNESCO claimed the proposal would cause ‘irreversible damage’ to the city.
The £5.5billion redevelopment project includes plans for 9,000 homes, offices, shops, a cruise terminal, cultural buildings and restaurants, alongside a 55-storey tower.