Liverpool scheme is largest application

The UK's largest planning application, for a scheme valued at £5.5 billion, has been submitted in Liverpool.

Peel Land & Property has put forward plans for the Liverpool Waters scheme, which comprises 1.3 million square metres of mixed-use floor space across 61ha of disused dockland in north Liverpool.

The scheme will include offices, more than 9,000 homes, a cultural building, a cruise terminal, shops and restaurants and the 55-storey Shanghai Tower, which will be the tallest UK building outside London.

Liverpool Waters is the sister scheme of Wirral Waters on the opposite side of the River Mersey. The projects cover more than 2.8 million square metres, representing an investment of £10 billion.

Liverpool Waters project manager Ian Pollitt said: "Having worked closely with Liverpool City Council, English Heritage, CABE, the Government Office for the North West, The Mersey Partnership and Liverpool Vision over the past four years on this exciting project, it is a credit to all that we have submitted the outline planning application for Liverpool Waters."

Consultancy WYG has been leading the planning application. Regional director Paul Grover said: "We have experienced overwhelming support for the scheme, making us proud to be associated with this project."

Communities secretary Eric Pickles is currently deciding whether or not to call-in the project.

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