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Investor confidence in Liverpool high, says council planning chief

Liverpool is experiencing a substantial boom in planning applications, with over £3.5 million expected in planning fees by the end of the year, according to head of planning at Liverpool City Council, David Hughes.

Speaking yesterday (1 December) at ArchitEx 2015, Hughes said: “The council is averaging around 3,000 planning applications every year, however the number of major applications we are receiving has significantly increased.

“Last year we received 200 major applications and this year we are looking at getting over £3.5 million in planning fees. I share information with other core cities and I know that Liverpool has the highest planning fee income per head – two or there core cities put together do not achieve the figures that we do in terms of planning fees.

“That is not a bragging right – that shows the level of investor confidence that is coming to Liverpool”

Hughes was full of praise for a number of the city’s major developments, including Liverpool ONE, which he said, “epitomises the city’s risk taking characteristic” , calling it, ” the best scheme of its kind in the country. It’s not your typical mall, it meshes perfectly with the fabric of the city”

ArchitEx 2015 is an annual exhibition and conference for the UK architecture and building design industry. Move Commercial are media partners for the event that runs until from 1 – 2 December at St George’s Hall.