By Daniel Hunter

A regeneration project in Liverpool's docklands has been given the go-ahead by the coalition government.

Peel Group's £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, which will see 60 hectares of dockland regenerated, has not been called in and will now go ahead as planned.

The proposals had run the danger of not meeting English Heritage standards, as well as UNESCO putting the city on its list of world heritage sites in danger.

"A big thanks goes to the people of Liverpool who have been behind us all the way. English Heritage together with the World Heritage Body UNESCO put up massive obstacles to prevent this development proposal getting permission," Peel development director Lindsey Ashworth said.

"Their studies and arguments have all collapsed and rightly so as it’s simply not right to expect derelict parts of cities with such a rich history to stand still and be fossilised. This consent will open up opportunities and new prospects to link our UK businesses with other international businesses such as Asia.

"All cities in the UK have to compete with each other and each has to compete with rival European Cities. Liverpool is now well placed to be alongside the best of the best. For central docks securing this planning permission is the end of the beginning and the start of another exciting phase of its life that will add to the beauty of Liverpool’s Waterfront and the economic strength of the Liverpool region. Peel is proud to be in partnership with Liverpool — it’s a great and exciting future for both."

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