LDA Design has drawn up strategic planning document for the Baltic Triangle. Credit: LDA Design

Liverpool adopts quartet of development strategies

A public realm strategy plus frameworks for the Baltic Triangle, Cavern Quarter and Williamson Square, and the city’s commercial district, aim to shape future development proposals. 

One councillor said the supplementary planning documents will provide clarity for developers and set out how the areas will look over the next 15-20 years. 

She described their adoption as “a landmark day for Liverpool”. 

“The three SPDs we’ve adopted represent a huge amount of work in understanding the challenges and opportunities these areas face and present,” said Cllr Sarah Doyle, cabinet member for development.  

“There’s a huge scope for growth at these places, some of which contain the most iconic buildings and streets of Liverpool.” 

Liverpool City Council’s new public realm strategy, adopted by cabinet today [Friday], will set out how the city will deliver on the principle of 20-minute neighbourhoods, improve active travel options, and boost green space provision. 

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The strategies will underpin Liverpool’s newly adopted local plan. Credit: via LCC

The Baltic Triangle SPD, drawn up by LDA Design, identifies four areas of change. 

  • Police HQ and Heaps Mill 
  • Wapping Goods Terminal  
  • Flint Street South  
  • Cains Brewery Village and Hill Street Corridor. 

The SPD sets out design guidelines for each of these zones, dealing with considerations such as scale and design, connectivity, heritage and green infrastructure, the city council said. 

As well as guiding development proposals, the Commercial District SPD has been produced to increase the economic potential of the city centre by attracting and retaining business, according to the city council. 

Consultancy Arup, architect Shedkm, heritage consultant Rob Burns, and agency Worthington Owen advised on the framework. 

The Cavern Quarter and Williamson Square SPD, drawn up by Planit-IE and Arup, aims to enhance the quality of place and visitor experience with a focus around the cultural anchors of The Royal Court and Playhouse Theatres and The Cavern. 

Together these four planning policy documents underpin the city’s new Local Plan, which was adopted earlier this year.

Read more about Liverpool City Council’s approach to planning and development in this Subplot.  

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If these proposals underpin the limitations of the Local Plan then it`s a concern , anyway if the aim is to bring businesses and good jobs to the city then ok, because this means people will come to live here and the population will grow.
Interestingly there will be a focus on Williamson Square and this needs to comprehensive and of a high quality, as M&S will be moving soon leaving a massive empty space, in addition most of the former GH Lee shop is either empty or occupied by a very poor retail experience. This square can be a class destination with the right approach and ideas, so let`s hope that`s the outcome.

By Anonymous

Good news as long as LCC have Big City thinking and density, the Business District shouldn’t be held back, we need A grade office space, hotels, leisure and residential, public space and trees, think big Canary Wharf style. Get those new developments built, attract new businesses to the city with decent London grade public transport and create a better city and urgently needed well paid jobs.

By GetItBuilt!

What are they doing with London Road – thats like a no mans land!

By Bob Dawson

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