PLANS to build Liverpool’s biggest district shopping centre look set to be given the go-ahead today, despite concerns over the quality of its design.
A £150m scheme named Project Jennifer would regenerate the area around Great Homer Street to include Liverpool’s biggest supermarket, an NHS health centre, library, petrol station and car park.
The site would also host non-food shops, as well as space for 300 outdoor market stalls and an indoor market hall.
It also includes plans for 481 new homes in a mix of houses and flats.
The North Liverpool project, which goes before the city council’s planning committee today, is the most ambitious suburban regeneration scheme ever seen in Liverpool.
But questions have been raised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
In a report put before councillors CABE, the body that advises government on architecture and design, said: “The proposal is well below the standard which might be expected for a significant civic/private proposal of this nature.
“There is too great a mix of uses on the site making it difficult to achieve a coherent and attractive design for the new District Centre.
“There is no discernible logic to the disposition of building uses across the site.” continues....