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Liverpool Local Plan to take next steps towards adoption

A new 15-year plan to steer development and the creation of employment space in Liverpool will go before the city council next week.

The Local Plan will set out key priorities to grow Liverpool’s economy up to 2033 and includes a new policy for controlling city centre developments.

The development of 370 acres of land for new jobs is incorporated into the document, along with 350,000 new homes in order to meet the needs of the area.

Liverpool’s Local Plan – a key statutory planning and development policy which each local authority in the country is obliged to produce – will go before cabinet members on Friday 19 January.

It will also be scrutinised at a special Regeneration Select Committee on Wednesday 17 January and during 2018’s first full council meeting on 24 January.

Liverpool City Council has been working on the Local Plan since February 2013 and is said to have identified 100 detailed policies to manage the future growth of the city’s population, which is expected to rise from 470,000 to 517,000 by 2033.

Consultation on the draft Local Plan in early 2014 and then in October 2016 attracted more than 2,100 comments from businesses, community organisations and local residents and feedback has since been incorporated where possible.

The document will aim to shape Liverpool’s development needs until 2033 by providing places to work for an estimated growth in jobs of nearly 38,000 on nearly 370 acres of land.

It’ll also set out to protect and manage developments affecting open space and the natural and historic environment of the city; manage the over-concentration of developments such as hot food takeaways and homes in multiple occupation (HMO); and promote key development areas especially within the city centre with a view to protect the key assets and role of those areas while encouraging and enabling more growth.

The Local Plan will eventually be submitted to the Secretary of State and then considered by an independent inspector who will decide whether or not it complies with necessary legal requirements and passes the tests of ‘soundness’ to show it meets future development needs and is justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

Any comments, whether of support or objection to the soundness of the Local Plan, will be considered by the inspector at an examination in public this summer.

Once approved, the document will replace the city’s existing Unitary Development Plan 2002 on all planning matters.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, says: “This Local Plan sets out to determine what type of city Liverpool wants to be and how we accommodate a growing and changing population over the coming decades.

“It’s impact will be huge because it examines all the fundamental questions like what type of homes should people live in, what type of jobs we can provide, what type of high street we shop in, how do we enjoy our parks and green spaces and how do we travel between them.”