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.