Brief out for North Liverpool dock road report

Liverpool Vision is to commission another consultant's report to add to the significant library of studies into the problematic commercial property market north of the city centre.

The £25,000 study will aim to "establish a clear vision for the A565 [Derby Road] Corridor, which is grounded in a sound understanding of market demand, and to produce a strategy and accompanying visual master plan to guide the realisation of the vision."

The brief includes identifying sites the council could acquire sites to deliver new premises, likely to be small industrial and hybrid office/industrial units.

The report, due for completion in April 2014, will follow the North Liverpool and South Sefton Strategic Regeneration Framework, published in 2011, GVA's North Liverpool City Fringe Strategic Acquisition Reports in 2011 and 2012, the City Centre Strategic Investment Framework 2012, GVA's Pumpfields Area Market Assessment 2013, Pumpfields Development Framework 2007, and its update currently being produced by the City Council, Mersey Port Master Plan 2011, Distribution Space Supply & Demand Audit for the SuperPort, Liverpool City Region Spatial Investment Plan (2014-17), and others.

The study area includes Stanley Dock, where Harcourt Developments is on site with a hotel in the north warehouse, due to host events for the International Festival for Business 2014.

The large Liverpool Waters development site is next to the A565 study area, where Peel has planning permission for 3m sq ft of commercial space and 10,000 homes.

The closing date for submission of responses to Liverpool Vision is 10 January 2014.

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Great…..More talk. No action. Project Jennifer is still heralded on the LV website! 10 years on and not a brick has been laid! Maybe soon….but not yet! North Liverpool needs investment! Not grants to build shiny new units. it needs infrastructure and incentives for "business" to invest. Subsidised shiny new units hold back values for everyone else so that type of investment is counter productive when looking holistically ! The cycle of proper market led regeneration can never get going properly! That will be twenty five grand please!

By Roy Backhouse

Yet another example of the shambolic Vision moving the deck chairs again on North Liverpool. They were fine while the sun shined on public money doing big schemes in the city centre (aided by the Duke of Westminster) but they’ve never developed an economic rationale for North Liverpool, as exemplified for foolish schemes such as making Everton Park the Parc Guell of the city! Time to wind this talking shop up and save money for real public services of value.

By John Brown

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