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Residents urged to have say on city’s 15-year plan

PEOPLE and businesses have until August 23 to have their say on the city’s 15-year local plan.

Liverpool’s Local Plan sets out how the city would meet the challenges of a predicted population rise of 47,000 people, by creating 35,000 new homes and developing 370 acres of land for 38,000 new jobs.

The draft plan, which was recently endorsed by the city council’s cabinet, has identified 100 detailed policies to manage this growth, building on work to protect the city’s heritage, and includes a new policy for controlling developments in the city centre.

It will also enshrine a new process to control the number of conversions of properties into homes in multiple occupation (HMO’s).

Following consultations in 2014, 2016 and 2018, the draft Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State in 2018 to be assessed by an independent inspector.

Due to delays exacerbated by Covid, the inspector finally conducted their Examination in Public hearings in October 2020, to test the “soundness” of the plan, at which a series of proposed Main Modifications were identified.

As a result, the public are now being asked one final time for their feedback, but this time only on these proposed changes.

People can read or download the Combined Schedule of Main Modifications and provide feedback online and by email until 5pm on Monday August 23 by going to https://liverpool.gov.uk/localplanmainmodifications 

Key to Liverpool’s Local Plan is to focus future development on brownfield land and making sufficient provision for regeneration projects and job creation in the city’s key employment areas. The Local Plan will also enforce various area-based masterplans in the Baltic Triangle, Ten Streets, the Commercial District, the Cavern Quarter and the Upper Central area of the city centre.

A Tall Buildings Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Public Realm Strategy SPD will also be adopted to supplement the plan. The council is currently preparing them both for public consultation.

Liverpool Local Plan – Key info:

The Local Plan is the key, statutory planning and development policy each local authority is obliged to produce. It will shape Liverpool’s development needs until 2033 by:

  • Allowing the build of nearly 35,000 new homes to meet the needs of a growing population.
  • Providing the places to work for an estimated growth in jobs of nearly 38,000 – on nearly 150 hectares (370 acres) or nearly 250 football pitches in area.
  • Protecting and managing developments affecting open space and the natural and historic environment of the city so that it is not significantly affected.
  • Promoting better quality new homes that are wheelchair accessible, meeting residents needs throughout their lifetime if necessary.
  • Increasing the supply of affordable homes.
  • Managing the over-concentration of developments such as hot food takeaways and homes in multiple occupation (HMO’s).
  • Promoting key development areas especially within the City Centre – protecting the key assets and role of those areas while encouraging and enabling more growth from Baltic Triangle in the South to Ten Streets in the north and the waterfront in the west to Paddington Village in the east. 

 

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