Edge Lane retail park plans backed by Liverpool council

Edge Lane Retail Park
Image caption The plans have been scaled back since the UK went into recession

Plans for a £200m retail park have unanimously been backed by Liverpool City Council.

Scaled back designs for Edge Lane Retail Park were resubmitted to the council by Derwent Holdings following the economic downturn.

The proposals, agreed at the mayor's cabinet meeting, are claimed to create about 1,500 jobs.

The revamp of Edge Lane site, which is owned by the developer, is being completed in phases.

The first phase has already been approved by council planners and work is under way to create 21,000 sq ft of warehouse units on the plot bounded by Edge Lane and Binns Road.

Derwent Holdings will now seek planning consent for the second stage which will see the construction of leisure, business and retail units.

A consultation process will be undertaken.

As a result of the economic downturn, the scheme has seen the number of retail units reduced, plans for a underground car park shelved and the business units area was scaled down.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "This is a hugely ambitious project, made all the more challenging by the tough economic times.

"We are determined to make it happen, because we know how important it is to rejuvenate this major city gateway."

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