A view of Liverpool city centre viewed from the Anglican Cathedral. Photo from Wikimedia nCommons

Developments cost Liverpool waterfront’s World Heritage status

UNESCO has stripped the city of Liverpool of its world heritage status due to the “irreversible loss” to the historic value of Victorian docks following years of development. The UN’s heritage body said the “outstanding universal value” of Liverpool’s waterfront had been lost to new buildings, including Everton football club’s £500m stadium. In 2012, UNESCO warned that Liverpool was on the brink of being stripped of the status it had been awarded in 2004 because development was changing the city’s skyline and waterfront. The UN agency said developments such as…

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Tate Modern chimney. Photo by George Prentzas on Unsplash

Why placemaking is about regeneration and not redevelopment

Levelling up can only happen if placemaking drives local regeneration, says Bob Blackman MP For many, the pandemic has reinforced the importance of local communities. Whether it be checking in on elderly neighbours, being out in the street to clap the NHS, or supporting cherished local businesses through tough times, coronavirus has helped to renew a sense of local pride. Emerging from lockdown, and slowly returning to the high street, we might briefly marvel at the newfound café culture which has sprung up in towns and cities across the UK.…

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Hilton hotel development planned for Stockport

Create Developments has exchanged contracts with the local council to buy a plot of land next to the Redrock entertainment complex to deliver a 156-bedroom hotel The Blackpool-based developer aims to submit a planning application to Stockport Council for the proposed Hampton by Hilton hotel before the end of the year, and would aim to start on site in the second quarter of 2022.  The site of the hotel is currently used as a car park. Stockport Council confirmed to Place North West that it would replace the disabled parking…

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