A 20-year plan to revitalise North Liverpool and South Sefton, written by DPP Shape and Keppie Massie, will be approved in the coming days by Liverpool and Sefton councils.
The plans aim to attract investment and improve the deprived wards of Anfield, County, Everton and Kirkdale covering 2,500 hectares. The new blueprint also takes into account Peel's Liverpool Waters, St Modwen's Great Homer Street development, the expansion of the port, Everton Park and plans by Everton FC and Liverpool FC.
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The regeneration of North Liverpool is a major priority for us. It faces many challenges, but also many opportunities, with a number of schemes already underway which have the potential to transform the area."
Shelagh McNerney, managing director of DPP Shape, said: "This work was undertaken during a tumultuous period of change with economic and financial storms, a general election and massive changes in local and national politics. In spite of this, DPP Shape's professional team worked hand in hand with Liverpool and Sefton Councils and local stakeholders to ensure a coherent strategy was put in place to address directly the many economic and regeneration issues in North Liverpool culminating in a positive plan to deliver on the large scale opportunities to be unlocked.
"The Strategic Regeneration Framework for North Liverpool and South Sefton captures public and private sector interests across economic, social and physical development. It contains strategies, plans and actions for change over the short, medium and long term. The plan recognises whole heartedly that private sector investment, confidence and global markets are all impacting on local assets.
"Availability of durable investment will be the key to unlock these opportunities and delivery of real investment in North Liverpool inevitably will take some time.
"A fantastic example of this sort of investment is Laing O'Rourke's commitment to the area. One of the country's jewel construction enterprises has opened their new office in North Liverpool. A global company like this recognising the importance of the North Liverpool strategy is testament to the overall plan. Whilst a relatively small investment in the scale of the overall strategy, their office at Trinity School, Eldon Place, in the heart of this deprived neighbourhood, is bringing much needed activity and investment into North Liverpool the like of which cannot be underestimated."
The commissioning steering group contained Liverpool Vision, Liverpool and Sefton Councils, the North West Development Agency, Government Office and the Homes & Communities Agency.