Liverpool City Council is expected to adopt a spatial regeneration framework that will guide future development within the 93-acre district on the edge of the city centre.
The area covered by the Baltic Triangle masterplan lies south of Liverpool city centre and incorporates the the former police headquarters and Heaps Mill, Cains Brewery Village leisure scheme, the Wapping Goods Terminal site, and emerging developments south of Upper Parliament Street.
The district includes a series of six- and seven-storey historic warehouses and a large proportion of the area sits within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site Buffer Zone and adjacent to the designated World Heritage Site.
The document was drawn up by consultancy LDA Design and a project team that also included JLL, Mott Macdonald, DS Emotion and heritage specialist Robert Bevan.
It was put out for consultation on 17 February, before the Covid-19 lockdown, and has now been recommended for adoption as a supplementary planning document by Liverpool City Council’s cabinet in a meeting on Friday, after which it will come into force as part of Liverpool’s 15-year Local Plan next year.
The masterplan identifies four ‘areas of change’ – the former police headquarters, after the new one opens in Scotland Road, and Heaps Mill; Wapping Goods Terminal; Flint Street South, and the Cains Brewery Village and Hill Street Corridor.
Other areas covered by the masterplan include City Streets (the Strand, Wapping, Chaloner and Sefton Street), Baltic Streets (Jamaica Street, Grafton Street, Parliament Street and and Park Lane), and Community Streets, comprising several functional and service streets.
The document sets out scale and design, heritage, connectivity and green infrastructure guidelines for proposed development within these areas. In addition, it proposes enhancing pedestrian and cycle routes, protecting open spaces, and creating ‘green corridors’ in line with other public realm initiatives taking place across the city.
The document also proposes designating the site as a Conservation Area and calls for a new rail station to serve the Baltic Triangle – involving the reopening the disused former St James station.
The population of the Baltic Triangle has doubled in the past decade, with a growing number of creative and digital businesses setting up shop in the district and attracting new residents to the area.
Examples of pipeline schemes include the 505-home project by Legacie Developments, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and the Baltic Place scheme by Eloquent to convert a four-storey warehouse into flats and commercial space.
Liverpool is working to create a better balance between protecting its heritage and promoting development and economic growth. Last month, it launched a heritage framework known as the North Shore Vision, intended to guide planning and development across 260 acres of protected dockland, which it hopes will ensure the city keeps its Unesco World Heritage Status.
At a Place North West event last month, Mark Kitts, chief executive of Liverpool Foundation Homes, described the area as one of Liverpool’s greatest regeneration opportunities”, and said the North Shore Vision is a “real statement of ambition”.