A spatial regeneration framework for the 93-acre Baltic Triangle district, including Cains Brewery Village and the Wapping Goods Terminal site, will go out for consultation on 17 February under plans set out by Liverpool City Council.
A team led by consultancy LDA Design and including JLL, Mott Macdonald, DS Emotion and heritage specialist Robert Bevan was appointed last January to draw up a masterplan for the future of the district that lies to the south of the city centre.
The council has recommended the masterplan be approved for public consultation at its cabinet meeting next Friday. Subject to consent from officers, the consultation will run for five weeks.
LDA opened its North West office in Manchester in October 2018, and the Baltic Triangle project was its first in the region.
The area covered by the masterplan spans around 93 acres, incorporating the Cains Brewery leisure scheme and emerging developments south of Upper Parliament Street.
LDA’s 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. The document will set out scale and design, heritage, connectivity and green infrastructure guidelines for proposed schemes within these areas.
In addition, the masterplan proposes enhancing pedestrian and cycle routes across the Baltic Triangle; protecting open spaces and creating ‘green corridors’ in line with the city’s £3.4m Urban GreenUp project to increase garden and park spaces across Liverpool; ensuring buildings have active ground floor uses to minimise vacancy, and potentially designating the site as a Conservation Area.
It also calls for a new rail station to serve the Baltic Triangle reopening the old St James station.
The population of the Baltic Triangle has doubled in the past decade, with a growing creative and digital industry, putting pressure on available land.
Several schemes have either started construction or won planning consent in the area in the past year including a 505-home project by Legacie Developments, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and a scheme by Eloquent to convert a four-storey warehouse into flats and commercial space.
Other ongoing schemes include Baltic Creative CIC’s plans to convert the 19th-century Norfolk Street warehouse into workspace, and a public café and YPG’s 204-apartment scheme off Tabley Street.
Mark Graham, director at LDA Design: “Our focus on the network of existing and historic streets, using a place-led approach, ensures that development and emerging uses will be focussed on delivering positive street environments that embrace the character and vibrancy of this amazing place…[and] ensure the longevity of the Baltic Triangle as a digital and creative hub, while also making it a great place to live.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, added: “The development of the Baltic Triangle is one of Liverpool’s great success stories of the past decade and this new masterplan will help guide and ensure this growth continues for the decades to come.
“Consultation with businesses and residents will be crucial to how this draft plan is shaped.”
Following consultation and further necessary amends, the draft spatial regeneration framework will return to cabinet to be approved for use in guiding planning applications in the area.
It will also be endorsed as a supplementary planning document following adoption of Liverpool’s 15-year Local Plan, which is expected to come into force in early 2021, the council said.