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Peel not afraid to 'walk away' from Liverpool Waters

Developer giant Peel Holdings has said it is unafraid to ‘walk away’ from £5.5billion development of Liverpool’s waterfront if the Chapman Taylor-designed project goes to public inquiry

Last week the Peel Group released new images to showing how Liverpool’s skyline could change over the next 30 years ahead of a public exhibition to showcase the plans. Set to go before the city council’s planning committee 6 March, the project features 9,000 apartments, hundreds of offices, hotels, bars and a cruise terminal, as well as the 55-storey, so-called Shanghai Tower.

However speaking to TheBusinessDesk.com Peel Developments director Lindsey Ashworth said: ‘If there is [a public enquiry] then that’s it. I’m not spending any more money on it’.

He added: ‘If this failed all bets are off.’

Critics of the project believe the scheme is too big and does not respect the history of the docklands, which sits partly within the city’s World Heritage Site.

Ashworth stated: ‘[The oppostion] wants to see lots of buildings that are lower than the Three Graces.’ He went on: ‘We want to make this something unique and distinct for Liverpool, and for Liverpool’s waterfront.”

English Heritage has also now formally objected to the project saying the huge scheme ‘largely fails to harness and celebrate what is special about this historic site and to create the type of new, much needed development that will enhance and underpin this significant part of the city’s heritage.’

The objection for the heritage watchdog means the regardless of next Tuesday’s committee vote, the scheme will referred to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who will consider whether there should be a public inquiry.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Ashworth said if a public inquiry were called the company would be happy to carry on with the sister project Wirral Waters on the other side of the Mersey, which already has planning permission.

Peel have declined to comment further.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • The arrogance of Peel and Lindsey Ashworth in particular holds no bounds. The fact they are prepared to take their ball home with them if they dont get to win is typical and shows their lack of commitment to sustainable development. Ashworth is the one, when faced with criticism from English Heritage and UNESCO that LIverpool Waters would threaten Pier Head's World Heritage Site status claimed "We are right and they are completely wrong".

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  • Call my Bluff is a game this arogant developer Peel Holdings and its oily rags are used to playing.
    Only this time they are playing it with a Unesco World Heritage Site and the city council...Peels poodles are allowing them to do what they want only to lose us the coveted title.
    Why not look to Amsterdam for inspiration and how they are able to build humane sustainable architecture around its historic waterways?
    Why would you want to turn a WHS into Milton Keyne-on-Sea it makes no sense.
    The fact of the matter is the developers do not have the class to deliver and will flip the schem if planning permission is granted.

    http://condensedthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/02/liverpool-waters-will-sink-city.html

    Trafford Park-On-Mersey is just not good enough for my city.

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