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Exclusive: Heaps Rice Mill is saved - for now

Planning officials give thumbs down to demolition - which could have happened at any time

Written by . Published on July 25th 2014.

Exclusive: Heaps Rice Mill is saved - for now

LIVERPOOL City Council planning managers today blocked the proposed demolition of historic Heaps rice mill.

And the council said it won't rule on redevelopment plans until English Heritage has decided on whether the early 19th century mill should be granted listed status.

It is understood that had today's decision not been made, the owners of the mill could have moved in with the bulldozers at any moment.

It means the mill is act least safeguarded until proposals to reevelop it come before the planning committee, probably later this year. By then the council will be aware of its status.

Earlier this week, culture watchdog English Heritage asked Liverpool City Council to put the controversial redevelopment proposals on hold until it had inspected the site.

Seychelles-based developers want to bulldoze the historic building to pave the way for a high-rise mixed development of apartments, retail and leisure, but the plans have angered heritage campaigners.

Although Heap’s Rice Mill is older, by a few decades, than the Albert Dock complex, it is currently not listed on the heritage register. This month English Heritage is expected to decide whether the mill will be listed.  If it is declared to be a Grade II listed building it will considerably change the dynamics of the planning application.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 25th 2014.

great news!

Paul WardJuly 25th 2014.

The Seychelles-based developers should move it to Sefton - then they could accidentally demolish it one night and build flats on the site.

AnonymousJuly 25th 2014.

Or just demolish it and leave a hole in the ground, like in Crosby Village.

SaladDazeJuly 25th 2014.

PS That photo needs updating. The buddleia forest grows apace atop the Mill.

Philip CoppellJuly 25th 2014.

Won't this development, if it gets the go ahead, lead to more problems with parking and congestion as well as a further strain on the already over worked sewer system.

Mickeydrippin'August 3rd 2014.

Saving Heaps Mill is all very well BUT a worthwhile use has to be found quickly or else the buddleia and other invasive species will continue to wreak havoc upon the fabric of the building. If an imaginative developer does not come forward soon with plans to please the heritage lobby, the building may begin to crumble and we will then see it being declared unsafe.

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