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Developer threatens Liverpool scheme move

North-West property giant Peel Holdings has warned Liverpool City Council that it could move its £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme across the River Mersey to Wirral.

The developer is planning to build a cluster of skyscrapers on Liverpool’s docklands that could rival the waterfronts of Shanghai and Manhattan, but is threatening to move the scheme because of planning delays.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, development director Lindsey Ashworth said: ‘Liverpool Waters is not going as fast as we would like it to go. It is such a big scheme and has such a big impact on everything in the area.’

Peel is already planning a £4.5 billion scheme in Wirral, dubbed Wirral Waters, on Birkenhead’s former docks, which would mean the small suburban peninsula would be at the heart of a whopping £10 billion development.

Ashworth also said that the Wirral scheme, masterplanned by Broadway Malyan, was nine months ahead of the development for Liverpool.

‘We started Liverpool and Wirral at the same time. To be fair to Wirral [Metropolitan Borough] Council, they were all onside and that sends a great message out to the rest of the world,’ Ashworth said.

‘We have accelerated progress on Wirral but we are not quite there with Liverpool yet. We are probably nine months behind and slipping.’

Liverpool City Council’s director of regeneration John Kelly said: ‘We are working very closely with Peel on an agreed schedule. It might be nine months behind Wirral Waters, but is on schedule for what we set out to deliver.’

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