The massive £5.5 billion Peel Holdings "Liverpool Waters" scheme has been waved through by Eric Pickles, who said yesterday that he would not call the scheme in after Liverpool Council gave it the go ahead.

His department wrote to Liverpool council to say the decision over the plans to regenerate the city’s northern docklands was best taken by its councillors. the huge planning application was sent to Mr Pickles after the council approved the project last year.

Development Director at Peel, Lindsey Ashworth, said, “This is a well-deserved reward and justice for all those who never gave up supporting this scheme - the Government is now demonstrating its support for Liverpool Waters too.

“A big thank you goes to the people of Liverpool who have been behind this project all the way. The weight of our argument has succeeded in overcoming significant objections from both English Heritage and the World Heritage Body UNESCO. Peel is proud to have worked in close partnership with the City of Liverpool – we believe it  represents an exciting future for both.”

Most of the Liverpool Waters site, formerly known as Central Docks, has been unused and derelict for decades.

Peel intend  to  build 9,000 apartments, hundreds of offices, hotels, bars and a cruise terminal, which will reconnect the city waterfront with the worlds oceans. The project also envisages two clusters of tall buildings, including a 55- storey tower.