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Consultation into commercial district masterplan expected to be approved

Cabinet members are expected to approve a public consultation into the masterplan for Liverpool’s historic commercial district today (7 June).

A vision document on the area, which covers 40 acres of the city centre, will be displayed to the public from mid-June if the green light is given during a meeting this morning.

It identifies development plots for high quality office space within central Liverpool, where available Grade A workspaces are urgently required, and also aims to enhance existing conditions to attract and retain businesses in the commercial district.

Improvements to public realm and underused buildings are said to be among the opportunities highlighted in the vision.

The proposed public consultation would be led by Arup and shedkm, which were both appointed by Liverpool City Council to create the Spatial Regeneration Framework for the area.

Heritage consultant Rob Burns and property consultant Worthington Owen have also been part of the project team.

The online consultation would launch on 17 July, with the Commercial Business District (CBD) SRF draft available to view until 21 July.

Four exhibition events are also being lined up on 20 June and 10 July at RIBA on Mann Island, and 26 June and 1 July at One Fine Day on Old Hall Street.

Once adopted as a supplementary planning document the SRF, which is being jointly commissioned by the council, Liverpool BID Company and other public and private sector partners, will enable the council’s planning authority to review and determine how different land uses can work together to meet demand and create a vibrant area.

Ian Ford, Arup project lead, says: “This has been a really exciting project to work on and we look forward to sharing the SRF through the consultation process.  A vital part of this exercise is interacting with stakeholders and receiving comments and feedback to ensure we have considered all aspects within the CBD.

“We are passionate in making Liverpool’s CBD a unique and exciting location for businesses to come and invest.  Not many Cities have a CBD with the same qualities Liverpool does and the SRF looks to build on these assets to attract high value, high skilled jobs that will support the City’s growth objectives.

“We have produced a vision which looks to enhance public realm and connectivity whilst identifying future opportunity plots for commercial office space.  All this aims to create a vibrant, sustainable place for businesses, residents and visitors.”