In a judgement handed down today (Friday, 15 January 2016), The Honourable Mrs Justin Patterson has dismissed the substantive application for a judicial review made by SAVE Britain's Heritage on the grounds that Liverpool City Council had failed to notify the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in breach of planning guidance.
Judge Patterson rejected the claim because Historic England was consulted and did not raise any objections, nor request the scheme be called in for scrutiny by communities secretary Greg Clark.
She described the evidence provided by the council at the hearing in December 2015 as "impressive and clear", concluding that the local authority had properly considered whether the scheme would have an impact on the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage Site.
Judge Patterson also noted that it would cause "considerable problems" for the World Heritage Committee, which only meets once a year, if it had to consider all planning applications that could have an effect on the outstanding universal value of World Heritage Sites.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "We were confident that we had properly and rigorously considered this application following all of the relevant government guidance, and it is pleasing that the High Court has come to the same conclusion.
"Lime Street is a key gateway route in the city centre that is in desperate need of investment and upgrading. The scheme went through a very rigorous evaluation before being approved.
So is it all over when the fat man sings.
Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, said: "We are pleased that the High Court has ratified the local planning decision and found that it was made in an entirely appropriate and thorough way.
"Lime Street urgently needs this project to happen. There has already been a cost associated with a delay that has impacted on the project's financial viability.
"On a positive note we have exchanged with a major fund before Christmas and can now hopefully get on with early demolition and delivery of a new vision for Lime Street."
What a misguided individual.
Is Joe Anderson the biggest threat to Liverpool, Heritage since Herman Goering and the Luftwaffe?...............You also have to ask where was SAVE Britains Heritage when the real battle to SAVE Liverpool's World Heritage was being fought???????