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Liverpool skyscraper scheme faces the chop

A key Liverpool skyscraper scheme by Falconer Chester looks set to be refused planning permission next week, sounding the death knell for more tall buildings around the city's Lime Street Station.

English Heritage (EH), CABE and the application's Liverpool Council case officer are all recommending refusal for the local practice's 32-storey hotel and residential development.

EH has already questioned Liverpool City Council's plans for a cluster of tall buildings on Lime Street. Instead, the heritage body wants a single, landmark structure of high design quality on the site.

In a report released ahead of the planning committee meeting on 2 August, EH also criticised the application's lack of contextual analysis of the site, which is bounded by Skelhorne Street and Bolton Street.

Meanwhile, CABE has questioned Falconer Chester's site planning and the relationship of the scheme with an adjacent 12-storey block, branding designs for the tower 'inelegant and over-complicated.'

by Rob Sharp

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