Liverpool set to outsource tall buildings guidance

Liverpool Waterfront, with Broadway Malyan's Mann Island development in the foreground

City council moves after heritage watchdog threatens to derail core planning document

Liverpool City Council has agreed to commission a new planning document to underscore its commitment to design quality in relation to new tall buildings, after it was threatened with the loss of its Unesco World Heritage Site status because of new development.

Top councillors on the authority’s cabinet have agreed to spend up to £80,000 on consultants who will be tasked with drawing up new guidance to ensure new development “respects the significance of the World Heritage Site” and that the setting of historic buildings is taken into account.

However the document will also support the development of “well designed tall buildings” when they are earmarked “for the right sites”.

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