Cains, the Liverpool-based brewer, has been given the green light by the Secretary of State for the £150m development of the Cains Brewery Village.

The application was approved by Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee in November and referred to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to authorise it.

The first phase of the one million sq ft development, which will secure the beer brand and Grade II listed brewery, is expected to be complete by summer 2016.

The building will also house a 94-room hotel, courtyard bistro bar & restaurants and a large open plan retail hall for artisan food producers to make and sell their produce on site. There will be a designer retail market for independent fashion businesses and function rooms. The existing Brewery Tap pub will be restored and retained.

Cains said the scheme will secure and create c800 full-time jobs and attract 2.5 million visits per annum.