Pickles backs Liverpool Waters scheme

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has decided not to call in Liverpool City Council's decision to grant permission for the massive Liverpool Waters development for his own determination.

The scheme, by developer Peel Holdings, is intended to transform 60 hectares of derelict former dockyards on Liverpool's waterfront. The project includes plans for 9,000 homes, offices, a cultural building, a cruise liner terminal and a 55-storey tower.

The project's potential impact on Liverpool's historic waterfront prompted international heritage body UNESCO to place the city on its list of world heritage sites in danger last year.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson welcomed the decision, but said: "It is vital that Peel delivers these plans in a way which meets the conditions set out by the planning committee and we'll be working closely with them to make sure this is achieved."

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