Broadway Malyan has welcomed the failure of the latest legal bid to overturn planning permission for its controversial Lime Street regeneration scheme in Liverpool
The Court of Appeal yesterday (2 August) threw out an application for a judicial review backed by campaign group SAVE Britain’s Heritage aimed at preventing the demolition of the east side of the street – including the 1912 neo-Georgian Futurist Cinema – to make way for the £39 million development.
The move could finally pave the way for work to start on the commercial, retail and leisure scheme, which also includes student accommodation and has been designed by the AJ100 practice on behalf of Neptune Developments.
Broadway Malyan director Matt Brook said: ‘It is fantastic news that we can now progress this important regeneration project that will reinstate Lime Street as a key destination.
‘Our proposals for Lime Street are a key part of Liverpool’s ongoing regeneration, and will provide the much needed improvement to one of the city’s main gateways as well as improving an important connection to the Knowledge Quarter, providing a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Lime Street area.’
SAVE had claimed that Liverpool City Council breached planning guidance by failing to notify the Department for Culture Media and Sport and UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee about the proposals.
However, appeal judges backed a High Court decision made in January to refuse the appeal.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson attacked the heritage campaigners for bringing the case.
He said: ‘We have recently spent hundreds of thousands of pounds having to make the façade of The Futurist safe, causing massive disruption in the area. All of this could have been avoided had SAVE accepted the original judgement from the High Court in January.’
’This series of legal challenges have been a monumental waste of money and time for all those involved’
Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, said: ‘This series of legal challenges has cost more than £2 million and has been a monumental waste of money and time for all those involved.’
But SAVE was unrepentant, and said it was considering taking the case to the Supreme Court.
It has written to new culture secretary Karen Bradley to request she call a summit meeting to address the impact on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.
SAVE director Henrietta Billings said: ‘This case raises matters of national importance about the treatment of our heritage sites and the role of the UK government and its heritage advisers, as well as local councils in that process, which is why we are calling on the secretary of state to act.’