THE £750m shopping development which will radically change Liverpool city centre was given the go-ahead by the Government last night.
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott approved the Paradise Street Development, allowing compulsory purchase orders to go ahead.
This means major building work by the Duke of Westminster's construction firm, Grosvenor, should start within weeks.
When completed, it will cover 2.5m sq ft of space and will include two flagship stores - Debenhams and John Lewis, a multiplex cinema, two hotels, luxury flats and offices.
Its retail space will account for 1.6m sq ft, making it slightly bigger than Manchester's Trafford Centre. In addition, 4,400 permanent jobs will be created and a further 3,300 construction workers will be taken on.
Last night, Liverpool City Council leader Mike Storey said: "I am absolutely thrilled. This creates jobs for the city and creates a premier European shopping destination."
However Quiggins, the city's alternative store complex, said they were considering a possible legal challenge to the decision.