An overarching strategy setting out how the city will deliver 35,000 homes over the next 15 years is close to being agreed by the city council.
Following a six-week public consultation in the summer, an independent planning inspector has concluded that the plan is compliant and meets the future development needs of Liverpool.
On Friday, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet will recommend the local plan to go before full council on 26 January for final sign-off.
The local plan will then replace the 2002 Unitary Development Plan on all planning matters.
The plan identifies 100 policies to manage the forecast population growth of 47,000 people over the 15 years to 2033, while protecting the city’s heritage and controlling developments in the city centre.
It will also ratify a new process to control the number of conversions of properties into homes in multiple occupation, a particular problem affecting residential market dynamics.
Key sites earmarked for housing include 15 acres near Aintree Hospital, which are slated for 500 homes, and the eight-acre former fruit and vegetable market on Prescot Road that could be redeveloped into 150 homes.
In addition, more than 350 acres have been allocated for employment uses. Among the sites tipped to boost jobs in the city are 64 acres north of Dock Road in Garston, as well as combined 30 acres at the former Northern Airfield close to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The council will aim to use the local plan to support its recently published City Plan, which is focused on delivering post-pandemic recovery.
The local plan will also enforce various area-based masterplans including Paddington Village, Liverpool Waters, Baltic Triangle, and Ten Streets, among others.
“The local plan gives us a strong foundation on which to deliver our vision of improved communities, dealing with climate change, and giving everyone an equal footing in life,” said Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson.
“It is a fundamental part of our work to improve the quality and type of new developments, to rebalance the relationship between cars, pedestrians and bikes on our road network, meet our net zero carbon commitment and embed social value in every decision we make.”
Cllr Sarah Doyle, cabinet member for development and housing, said: “The local plan is the biggest change in the council’s planning policy for 20 years and also directly acknowledges the importance of measuring social value in what we do and, crucially, who we work with.”