The 300-page draft development strategy for Liverpool to 2033 has been published, which outlines plans to deliver 29,000 homes over the next 15 years, prioritising the protection of parks and construction on brownfield plots.
A six-week consultation into the plan is now open, and ends on 31 October. A draft copy of the Plan and all response forms are available at http://liverpool.gov.uk/localplanconsultation.
The consultation seeks feedback on the priorities to grow the city’s economy up to 2033, such as identifying and protecting land for jobs, retail development and housing.
The Plan is still being formed; while evidence has been found for the quantity of new homes needed across the city, research is ongoing into employment land requirements, and open space.
The key priorities in the draft Local Plan are:
- Protect all of Liverpool’s parks for the future health and wellbeing of citizens
- Prioritise brownfield sites to allow creation of 29,600 homes by 2033
- Identify and protect brownfield over 100 hectares of land for economic growth/ regeneration / job creation
- Focus shops and services within district and local shopping centres
- Limit the concentration of Hot-Food Take-aways
- Direct new student accommodation development and control an over concentration of houses in multiple occupation
The plan outlines the following spatial priorities:
- Focus development in the city’s key employment areas including North Liverpool, city centre (including the Knowledge Quarter), Stonebridge, Gillmoss, Aintree, central Liverpool, South Liverpool (including Speke and Garston), and the enterprise zones Mersey Waters and Liverpool City
- Prioritising district and local centres as the location for investment in local retail and service facilities
- Supporting the growth of financial, business and professional services sector, knowledge-based and creative industries, and prioritising the city centre as the location for regionally significant comparison goods retailing and culture, leisure and tourism activities
- Ensuring sustainable and attractive residential neighbourhoods across the city
- Supporting the sustainable growth of Liverpool Airport and Port of Liverpool
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Liverpool’s Local Plan is a roadmap for the city’s growth. It demonstrates our commitment to building new homes, attracting new jobs and critically, protecting our parks and opening up new ways for future generations to enjoy them.
“Everyone living and working in Liverpool will be affected by this plan and what it sets out to achieve – which is a healthier and more prosperous city – and we want to hear from as many people as possible in this consultation to help us fine tune those aims.”
Liverpool’s population is expected to rise to just short of half a million people by 2033 and the draft plan, which has been in development with numerous agencies since February 2013, has identified 81 detailed policies to manage this growth. An initial stage of consultation on the draft Local Plan occurred in early 2014 and according to Liverpool City Council the feedback from that process has been incorporated where possible.
The proposals include identifying a series of corridors for walking, cycling and the linking of wildlife areas.
Once the consultation is completed a final version of the Local Plan will then be independently assessed from next summer.
Subject to any legal challenges it will then be adopted by the city council in late 2017.