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New framework could guide development of Knowledge Quarter Gateway

Further steps to steer the development of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter (KQ) Gateway will be considered by cabinet members this week.

A draft Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) could be commissioned to help shape and guide the delivery of the mixed-use regeneration project.

If given the go ahead by Liverpool City Council cabinet members during a meeting on Friday (7 July), the document could be commissioned to help establish “general KQ Gateway place making principles, development criteria, parameters and character areas for development” according to a Mayoral recommendation report, as well as expressing “the vision and strategy to attract investment”.

Once procured and prepared, the SRF would be consulted on and is expected to be adopted by March /April 2018.

The boundary of the KQ Gateway would be fully established by the framework, although the area links to the city’s Mount Pleasant and Lime Street areas.

The Mayoral report, to be considered by the cabinet, says: “The KQ Gateway area and stakeholder partners have an opportunity to deliver a comprehensive regeneration project and deliver an estimated 5,000 jobs.

“The majority of spend is forecast to come from the private sector and together with public sector investment, will deliver a fundamental step change in the prospects for this part of the city as well as creating much needed expansion space and enhanced gateway to the city’s existing Knowledge Quarter.”

The document goes onto suggest that not establishing an SRF would mean “there would be no material consideration document against which to assess and determine planning applications for the KQ Gateway area which could result in a mix of non-complementary uses and this would not shape investment strategically or cohesively.”