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Simpson's Brunswick looks set for green light

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The long-awaited outcome of the planning enquiry into Ian Simpson's 51-storey Brunswick Quay tower in Liverpool is set to be revealed.

Sources close to developer Maro are growing increasingly confident that the £120 million scheme will be given the go-ahead by the government inspector - ending almost three years of speculation about its future.

The project's backers will hear whether the contentious waterfront development will be allowed to go ahead early tomorrow (16 November).

Simpson's skyscraper scheme was knocked backed twice by Liverpool City Council, even though the head of the city's planning committee, Doreen Jones, had backed the scheme ( Simpson turned down for the second time on Merseyside

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The public enquiry was triggered by Maro's appeal following the committee's rejection of the first application in January last year. It is understood Maro is waiting to hear what the planning inspector says about the original scheme before deciding whether to launch an appeal in respect of the second, doomed application.

According to insiders, the developer may not have to go down that route which, if true, would delight Simpson, who has repeatedly voiced frustration at Liverpool's sluggish planning system.

by Richard Waite

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