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Liverpool goes back to the future with historic docks plan

Words: Huw Morris

The UK’s first heritage-led development plan has been launched in Liverpool to shape a multibillion-pound programme to regenerate the city’s historic docklands.

The North Shore Vision is the first development document in the UK to adopt guidelines set by the United Nations on sustainable development and UNESCO’s model for developing historic urban landscapes.

The vision will be used to guide the future growth of 105 hectares of largely derelict brownfield land in one of the poorest areas of the UK. This encompasses Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters and the Ten Streets District, and lies almost exclusively with the city’s World Heritage Site and its buffer zone.

A consortium of planning professionals, designers and heritage experts including the city’s world heritage team and World Heritage Task Force and Steering Group worked on the vision alongside representatives from Historic England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the University of Liverpool.

The vision is to be formally adopted by Liverpool City Council, which commissioned the document as part of a programme in response to UNESCO placing the city’s World Heritage Status on the at-risk register in 2013.

Everton Football Club, a key stakeholder in the area, has already informally used the vision to help to shape proposals for its new football stadium at Bramley Moore, which will require some of the dock to be infilled.

Further information is available here.

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