Airport and docks group Peel Holdings has welcomed a decision by Liverpool planners to allow skyscrapers in the World Heritage site buffer zone
It paves the way for the city’s biggest-ever regeneration project, a £5.5 billion proposal to build high-rise buildings in the city’s northern Central Docks area (see above slideshow for early visuals of the proposal).
The go-ahead is contained in a council report that was ordered by Unesco after the latter raised fears that the historic waterfront was not being properly safeguarded.
The Liverpool Waters development blueprint originally confined high-rise buildings to two areas: the commercial district around Old Hall Street and Parliament Street’s ‘southern gateway’.
But after consultations, the city has approved high-rise buildings in Central Docks, and mid-rise buildings – between seven and 15 storeys – in the quayside area north of Salisbury Dock, which also forms part of the Liverpool Waters scheme.
City officials said the new supplementary planning document will protect key views of landmark buildings, help conserve historic buildings, and positively encourage new developments and the demolition of existing buildings that have a ‘negative impact on the urban environment’.