Liverpool City Council is planning to submit a planning application this month for the remediation of the 28-acre development zone within Festival Gardens, as part of a timeline which could deliver up to 1,500 homes on the former landfill.
In February, Homes England revealed it would provide a grant of £9.9m to facilitate the development of up to 1,500 homes at Liverpool’s 90-acre Festival Gardens.
The news followed the naming of a joint venture to lead the long-awaited project, with the council announcing it had entered into an exclusivity agreement with Ion and Midia, working with architecture practices BDP and AHR. Remediation was due to begin this spring but is yet to start.
As part of the timeline set out for the cabinet meeting, the council said it would accept the Homes England grant, as well as £150,000 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority towards pre-remediation, which would see 1,000 cubic meters of material processed, and used to demonstrate Festival Gardens can be used as a pilot project to demonstrate an innovative approach to waste processing and protecting groundwater.
Following the completion of legal agreements with Ion and Midia, a planning application for the homes is due in summer 2020.
The city council said its intention is to facilitate site remediation and ground infrastructure works, and then sell the land for the delivery of the homes.
Pending planning permissions, the first homes could be available by 2022.
The cabinet report is also seeking authority to procure advisors to oversee the remediation strategy, the treatment of the soil and waste, and a contract for the management of the ground gas management system.
Arup has been appointed by Liverpool City Council to produce and submit the remediation planning application.