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Plant OK turns up heat on Liverpool

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A highly contentious brickcrushing plant has been given the green light by Liverpool council, sparking further fury about the city's planners.

The decision to allow the waterfront waste facility comes only weeks after the same planning committee rejected a number of high-profile schemes, including Ian Simpson Architects' proposal for a 50-storey tower at Brunswick Quay (AJ 10.2.05).

Despite opposition, permission was granted allowing the plant - which will recycle construction waste from BDP's Paradise Street - to operate for two years.

Jack Spriggs, the city's former Lord Mayor, says the situation is 'ludicrous'. 'I make no apology for attacking the planning officers because they are a law unto themselves, ' he said.

Maro Developments, which is backing the Simpson scheme, will launch a formal appeal against the decision this week.

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