Liverpool sets out draft tall buildings policy

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Guidance says towers of up to 50 storeys could be approved – one year after high-rise boom cost city its Unesco status

Liverpool has published details of its proposed new guidance on tall buildings, one year after the city was stripped of its Unesco World Heritage Site status because of the impact of new development on its historic waterfront buildings.

The document, which will be put out to public consultation if the move is endorsed by members of the city council’s cabinet later this week, suggests residential towers of up to 50 storeys in height – or a maximum of 150m AOD – in some locations would be acceptable.

The figure is shorter than at least one of the Liverpool Waters blocks Peel Holdings has approval for at its £5bn development north of the city’s Pier Head, which is home to the “Three Graces”: the Cunard Building; the Royal Liver Building; and the Port of Liverpool Building. The Royal Liver Building is grade I-listed; the other two are grade II*.

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