Chapman Taylor’s controversial £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme has been rubberstamped by Communities and Local Government secretary Eric Pickles
Despite objections from heritage bodies, the Secretary of State decided not to hold a public inquiry into the huge high-rise project backed by developer Peel, effectively granting final planning permission for the contentious 50-year scheme.
Earlier today (4 March) Pickles approved Liverpool Council’s decision to approve the outline plans for 9,000 homes, offices, shops, a cruise terminal, cultural buildings and restaurants on disused parts of the docks north of the city’s famous Three Graces.
Initially approved by the local authority in March but later referred to government, the massive development came in for heavy criticism from English Heritage, who feared the scheme would have a damaging impact on Liverpool’s World Heritage site.
Development director of Peel Lindsey Ashworth said the decision marked ‘the end of six years of hard work’ by the developer which had, at one point, threatened to ‘walk away’ from the scheme if it had been called-in (AJ 27.02.2012).
Ashworth said:‘This is a well-deserved reward and justice for all those who never gave up supporting this scheme.
‘English Heritage together with the World Heritage Body UNESCO put up massive obstacles to prevent this development proposal getting permission.
‘Their studies and arguments have all collapsed and rightly so as it’s simply not right to expect derelict parts of cities with such a rich history to stand still and be fossilized.’