To quote Historic England, "Historic England argue that Liverpool's docklands, a Unesco World Heritage Site, are the “pride” the city and “key to its global significance” and they are concerned that Everton's plans to build on the biggest of the docks in the Stanley Dock complex poses a significant threat to special character of the area."
If by "special character" they mean derelict and forgotten waste ground, untouched for 50 years, then yes, this development seriously affects it. As someone mentioned earlier, the Tories don't give flying fcuk for heritage outside of the home counties, and will certainly not derail a construction thatw ill provide a boost to the economy and so many local jobs with the current state of affairs. It will get called in and then rubber stamped.
The other thing that bugs me about this is the fact that it isn't unique and it has been done before.
Albert Dock has been transformed into a top city attraction and today it is a vibrant and relevant part of Liverpool.
Admittedly, their plans did not include filling the Dock in, but how many docks are there all together along the front?
Got to be 6 or 7 or something?
To have only one of them filled in for a big development that will benefit everyone in the city seems an acceptable trade to me, seeing as how there are still several other, derelict, run-down docks for Historic England to go and hold their emo-parties in.
For fuck's sake!