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Heritage Impact Assessment of Liverpool Waters:

Liverpool Waters is a massive regeneration proposal by Peel Holdings on 60 hectares of redundant docklands between the River Mersey and the dock road, immediately North of Liverpool’s Pier Head. A planning application for the development was initially submitted in October 2010 and resubmitted in December 2011 following major revisions which had been negotiated. The site included eleven Grade II Listed Buildings, included a significant part of the Stanley Dock Conservation Area, was partly within the Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site and wholly within its Buffer Zone. John Hinchliffe, as World Heritage Officer for Liverpool City Council (2001-12) had responsibility for providing heritage advice to Liverpool City Council on heritage issues on the site and negotiating amendments to the scheme. He developed a methodology with Peel Holdings and Historic England for the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), undertook the HIA on the initial submission and then repeated the assessment on the resubmission. The HIA concluded that the small adverse impacts of the proposal on the outstanding universal value of the WHS were significantly outweighed by the beneficial impacts of the proposed

development. Liverpool City Council resolved to approve the application in March 2012 and again in September 2012. The application was referred it to the Secretary of State in October 2012 who confirmed in March 2013 that he did not intend to call it in for a public inquiry. UNESCO has placed Liverpool’s WHS on the list of World Heritage In Danger because of its opinion on the potential impact of part of the proposal.

For more details on the project see here

Aerial View of Liverpool Waters Site