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Green light for Liverpool's Central Village development

The area above Liverpool's Central railway station will be redeveloped (Pic: Merepark developers)
The area above Central Station will be redeveloped into a pedestrian plaza

Councillors have approved the latest phase of plans for a £160m scheme to transform the area above and next to Liverpool's Central railway station.

Developer Merepark's Central Village plans will see land above the station turned into a leisure destination.

A pedestrian plaza linking the Lewis's building with the railway station will also be built.

Initial planning approval for the whole scheme was granted in 2006. The Lewis's store will close as part of the revamp.

Liverpool's oldest department store is set to close in June and be turned into a hotel and retail complex.

The area will also see two residential tower blocks, cinema, offices and shops built.

Merepark also has permission for a multi-storey car park.

The Central Village plans do not include the former Rapid Hardware store site that was bought by Liverpool One owners Grosvenor last year.

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