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Liverpool To Pass Judgement On Kings Dock

Plans have been filed with Liverpool City Council for three buildings including two new residential towers, this time near the under construction arena at Kings Dock.

The 430 apartment scheme will fill the southern end of the Kings Dock site in towers up to 22 floors high. The others will be 16 floors high and 8 floors respectively. They have been shown off before in the area master-plan but this is the first time that the detailed designs have been considered by the planners.

The buildings are to be clad in light render arranged in a rectangular grid over extensive glass cladding. There will also be new public areas including green-space and a water feature.

Unlike the nearby arena which has to be finished in time for Liverpool's spell as the 2008 European City of Culture this development doesn't have a hard set finish by date and should be completed several years later as the final touches of the 146 million project.

Not everyone favours developments such as these. There are fears from some that with rising house prices locals are gradually being priced out in favour of buy to let landlords with enough equity to purchase properties.

Some local councillors mindful of these risks are less than supportive of new residential developments feeling that buy-to-let landlords are driving the market rather than owner-occupiers.

There are also the concerns that this development will distract from the Three Graces, a reason that trots out every time a new development on the waterfront is planned no matter where it is located.

Expect the same old fussing in the planning committee on whether these will be approved or not with the usual suspects voting against though the majority of the council is likely to be in favour and pass the development.

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