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Liverpool Waters lands planning permission

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Outline planning permission has been granted for Peel Holdings’ £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters redevelopment scheme

The controversial Chapman Taylor-designed project features 9,000 homes, offices, shops, a cruise terminal, cultural buildings and restaurants.

The project was recommended for approval by Liverpool City Council but had previoulsy received objections from CABE, UNESCO, English Heritage and local mayoral candidate, Liam Fogerty.

Council leader Joe Anderson said: ‘Today’s decision to grant planning permission for Liverpool Waters is one of the most significant and far-reaching made in Liverpool’s recent history.

‘The scale of what is being proposed is breath-taking – it represents a five and half billon pound investment to create thousands of jobs, provide new housing and attract new businesses and more visitors to the city. It is a scheme which is unprecedented in its ambition, scope and potential to regenerate a city.

‘Everybody – including the committee - is well aware of the concerns about heritage, but we can have the strikingly modern, while retaining our world heritage status. I have never regarded this as being “either, or”.
‘With the safeguards the planning committee has insisted on, we can have Liverpool Waters living comfortably alongside the World Heritage Site.

‘If this application had been rejected then we would have been left with huge stretches of derelict dockland cheek-by-jowel with our World Heritage site. Instead we now have the prospect of one of the most ambitious schemes ever seen in this country taking shape – it is one that will transform Liverpool’s fortunes for future generations’.

The scheme will now go before the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, who will make a final decision on whether to approve the development.

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