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Wirral Waters gets go-ahead

Delight all round at news that scheme will not face Government scrutiny

Published on December 2nd 2010.


Wirral Waters gets go-ahead

DEVELOPER Peel's Wirral waters scheme has been given the green light after Eric Pickles , the secretary of state for communities and local government, confirmed that the plans will not undergo further scrutiny.

Wirral Council Planning Committee previously reached a decision to grant planning permission for Wirral Waters in August but, owing to the size of it, the largest urban regeneration project in the UK, it was a legal requirement that it be passed to the Government for final approval.

Yesterday, Wirral Borough Council said the £4.5bn scheme would not to be called in, avoiding a public inquiry which, say Peel, potentially could have cost millions of pounds and a further delay of up to two years.

The investment planned by Peel, which also owns the Port of Liverpool, the Port of Salford and John Lennon Airport, is now firmly placed to becoming reality, they say, adding that they “hope to start on site as soon as the recession allows”.

Wirral Waters is a 17 million sq ft regeneration scheme – the biggest of its type anywhere in the UK.

Wirral council leader Jeff Green said that the project will create many thousands of jobs over 10-15 years.“It is a landmark day for Wirral and is tremendous news.”

Lindsey Ashworth, Peel development director, commented: “The ridiculous black hole of a planning system that we have had to suffer in the UK for more years than I can remember is finally starting to show signs of common sense.”

He added: “Wirral Waters is only one of the posts to the Gateway to the Northwest. We will push really hard now to get the second post - Liverpool Waters - to the same stage.

At that point the sky is the limit and the closer we are to the sky with our tall buildings the better."

Peel have already been promoting the project at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Meanwhile, the deadline for objections to the sister Liverpool Waters planning application looms.

It was delayed and significantly altered following objections from English Heritage and discussions with council planners but was finally submitted in October with fewer high buildings and the landmark Shanghai Tower moved back from the waterfront and reduced in height. Officers are supporting the £5.5bn scheme covering more than 14 million square feet of mixed use floor space on 150 acres.

The two schemes together are called Peel Waters in the plans, and are intended, say Peel, to build a new gateway to the North West across the River Mersey.

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AnonymousNovember 30th 2010.

Hmmmmm

RobTheBuilderNovember 30th 2010.

Sorry to pour ncold water on Peel Waters, even in this weather, are we entering Cloud Cuckoo Land here. We have half finished schemes all over Liverpool, hundreds of unsold flats, sorry luxury apartments, empty shops (even in the wonderfully successful Liverpool One), and here we are talking about a 17 million square feet development in Wirral and a similar sized project in Liverpool's Central Docklands. That's 30 million qiuare feet, or a development the size of 30 Liverpool Ones! I know it is a long term scheme, spanning some decades, but we are fighting to cling on to the population we have. In reality Liverpool is a city that is slowly dying from lack of real purpose. We grew in the 1800s because we needed manpower to service the docks and allied services. That need no longer exists; the shipping companies bar a handful have long gone, the docks operates with a handful of dockers. We have become a back-office provincial city, attracting tourists to gawp at what we used to be. Once we were a fishing village and eventually we will revert to that. It's just nature at work. Good luck to Peel, our descendants can look forward to the grand opening sometime in the 22nd century.

just the factsNovember 30th 2010.

At least this lacks the gushing spin of the Echo. A healthy dose of skepticism is much needed here. When will we grow up in this little place, Joe?

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