The ambitious Liverpool Waters regeneration project has taken another blow, with English Heritage lodging a number of objections to the plans, by Peel Holdings, to build a series of massive skyscrapers up to 55 storeys in height on north Liverpool’s docks.
The move follows similar objections by UNESCO, which has designated Liverpool’s waterfront area a World Heritage Site. UNESCO says the waterfront would be “irreversibly damaged” by the Liverpool Waters development.
And now English Heritage has written to Liverpool city council, voicing concern that some elements of the Liverpool Waters development will “overwhelm the historic, horizontal character of the docklands generally” and arguing that the £5.5bn development will “divorce, rather than connect, the two main parts of the Stanley Dock character area of the world heritage site.
“The scale of the development will compromise and unbalance the historic urban landscape of Liverpool as a whole.”
Again, Peel’s plan is criticised for a lack of clarity in their plans, something UNESCO has also voiced concerns over.
A spokesman for English Heritage also stated that the body was aware of the potential benefits to the city and stressed the need for further consultation and discussion on the project to secure a compromise that will ensure Liverpool Waters to go ahead and for Liverpool to retain its World Heritage status.
But English Heritage said it was disappointed that, following four years of discussion, the identified problems with Liverpool Waters have not been addressed by developers.
Liverpool city council will consider the proposal on 6 March, with leader Joe Anderson previously stating that he believed a compromise could be reached.