World Heritage Status around the historic docks led Liverpool City Council to turn down an application for demolition of a set of warehouses off Waterloo Road to make way for a £10m hotel.
Local developer Fast Growth Homes, advised by land agent David Copestake, had been preparing to begin demolition in January, following a demolition application made at the start of December.
This week the council refused the application. The refusal notice stated: “The application buildings are within the buffer zone of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site and comprise an important non-designated heritage asset which is identified within The Ten Streets SRF as a building to retain.”
The council continued: “In the absence of detailed proposals for the support and retention of the link bridge (which is attached to both the application site and the adjacent warehouse located at rear of 24 Vulcan Street and 13 Porter Street and identified on the submitted plan); and for the restoration and after-treatment of the cleared land; and given no permission has been granted to redevelop the site, the local planning authority considers the loss of the buildings and link bridge together with the resulting area of undeveloped and vacant land would detract significantly from the visual amenity of the surrounding area and would have a negative impact on the buffer zone, identified to protect the visual setting of the World Heritage Site.”
The council earlier stated it would be minded to refuse the planning application for the hotel-led mixed-use project at the site.
The Ten Streets area is attracting investors and developers as an emerging arts and creative industries district, neighbouring Peel’s extensive Liverpool Waters development zone.
Fast Growth Homes is advised by The Planning Studio and NS Architects.