The Save Our City Campaign is encouraged by the applicant's willingness to reconsider the matter, but object to the demolition of the northern end of the listed terrace.
In response to the original application 01L/1431 for listed building consent to demolish the cottages at 91/95 Old Hall Street, 23 letters of objection have been received from private individuals. The basis of all objections is that the buildings are indicative of the commercial roots of the City; are an important part of its evolution, and should therefore be retained. The following organisations have also submitted written objections for similar reasons: -
The Merseyside Civic Society
The Save Our City Campaign
Save Britains Heritage
Ancient Monuments Society
Sefton and Liverpool Canal Action Society
In response to the main application 01F/1430 for the redevelopment of the site the following comments have been received: -
Royal and Sun Alliance support the development
Merseyside Police Traffic Group consider that car parking within the scheme is inadequate, should it be successful in generating higher use in this area of the City
TIH (Properties) Limited have written to express concerns about the development on behalf of the Daily Post and Echo. The first concern is the potential effect on natural light entering the adjacent daily Post and Echo offices. It is claimed that the development will have "a significant adverse impact on the light currently enjoyed by our premises, with a consequent adverse effect on the working environment of those staff engaged there". The second concern is the claim that the development would increase the traffic to the area with a consequent increase in congestion and parking difficulties. There is particular concern about access and egress to and from the Brook Street entrance to the Daily Post and Echo building.
Civil Aviation Authority have no objections to the development
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) consider that the development is "a well considered proposal", which would form an appropriate and acceptable addition to the Liverpool skyline. CABE welcomed the fact that unlike many current proposals elsewhere, the tower is not entirely clad in glass and is, therefore, more energy efficient.
English Heritage have confined their detailed comments to consideration of the listed cottages and their relationship to the new development, which they do not object to. With respect to the listed cottages, the views of English Heritage are discussed in (1.2 to 1.5) below.
Liverpool Vision have participated in pre-application discussions with the developer, English Heritage and Liverpool City Council and are supportive of the development.
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