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.

  • David

    oh please. Before the ‘historic docks’ the city wasn’t even horizontal. If English Heritage had their way, the city would be a flat line.

  • http://www.liverpoolpicturebook.blogspot.com/ Bobed

    We are talking about miles of empty disused dockland that in no way obscures the view of the original waterfront, we are talking about new jobs, new investment and the regeneration of long forgotten land. If these people had been around back in1907 the Liver Building would never have been built and the City would still be wallowing about in the dark ages. World Heritage Status is all very nice but what puts food on the table and money in the bank is jobs and investment. and I shudder at the thought that if this investment fails because of these objections, we could leave all that empty disused and derelict land for our children and grandchildren, what a legacy!

  • KT

    Notably English Heritage did not call for a public enquiry, which they had the power to do.

    Also this blog does not mention English Heritage stating that they think economic reasons might indeed outweigh heritage concerns in this development, but that was for other people to decide. Nor does it mention English Heritage saying they, at least in broad terms, support the development of the area.

    Nor does it state Peel’s side of the argument that they have already compromised signficantly while English Heritage has only compromised on one point. Nor does it mention that if a public enquiry is called Peel have stated they will withdraw from the project entirely.

    There’s nothing in this report we didn’t already know, so it’s hardly another blow.

  • David

    English Heritage, let’s not forget, is the body that stated the Ropewalks’ character would be damaged by the sight of a tall building rising from the derelict ground behind Lewis’s. They’ve obviously not been on a night out in Bar CaVa, I assume. Ivory Towers and Quangos obviously not ruining the city’s regeneration, then?

  • David

    and let’s not forget Fortress House – English Heritage’s own historic headquarters. The one they had demolished to make way for, guess what, shiny new office blocks (after they got the building de-listed. Handily). And they pocketed handsomely for that.

  • Fenton Bell

    Build them higher! 55 floors isn’t enough. If we’re going to lose the WHS lets do it in style!

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com/ Robin Brown

    Of course it doesn’t state all that stuff – you can head over to the Daily Mail is you want every element that’s already known about a story rehashed for no real purpose. We’ve had several lengthy articles on the site already. This is today’s news.

    Given that EH is throwing down a gauntlet shortly before discussions – and while a public inquiry remains a possibility thanks to recent, negative reports from CABE and UNESCO – I’d hardly call today’s news a positive in Peel’s attempt to get LW through.

  • Sevenstreets

    now you’re talking (d)

  • Jennifer Shortall

    hiya, thanks for the great contributions to my FB newsfeed. Regarding the article above: are you certifiable???? A 55 story bldg on the waterfront will be as rubbish as EH and the UN say it will be.

    If you’re going to differ, why not do it in style, I always say.