Liverpool City Council is on the brink of publishing a new 15-year plan that will meet the need to create 35,000 new homes and develop 370 acres of land for new jobs.
Following various consultation exercises Liverpool’s Local Plan is set to go before the council’s cabinet on Friday 19 January setting out the key priorities to grow the city’s economy up to 2033.
The Local Plan, which includes a new policy for controlling developments in the city centre, will also be scrutinised at a special Regeneration Select Committee on Wednesday, 17 January and at the first Full Council meeting of the year on Wednesday 24 January.
The document, which also sets out a new robust process to limit conversions of properties into homes in multiple occupation (HMO’s), will then go out to final public consultation before being submitted to the Secretary of State for inspection.
Liverpool’s population is expected to rise from 470,000 to 517,000 people by 2033 and the plan, which has been in development with numerous agencies since February 2013, has identified 100 detailed policies to manage this growth.
Consultation on the draft Local Plan occurred in early 2014 and in October 2016 and the feedback, which was garnered more than 2,100 comments from local residents, community organisations and business organisations, has been incorporated where possible.
Key to the 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 is the key, statutory planning and development policy each local authority is obliged to produce. Part of how it will shape Liverpool’s development needs until 2033 is by protecting and managing developments affecting open space and the natural and historic environment of the city so that it is not significantly affected.
Once submitted to the Secretary of State, Liverpool’s Local Plan will be considered by an independent inspector who will decide whether or not it is ‘sound’.
To be found sound, the Local Plan must comply with all necessary legal requirements and pass the tests of ‘soundness’, which require that it should have been positively prepared so that it meets the future development needs of Liverpool and it must be 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 in the summer this year.
Once approved the Local Plan will then replace the existing Unitary Development Plan 2002 on all planning matters.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who recently announced a new housing company is being set up to deliver 10,000 new homes, said: “Liverpool is undergoing unprecedented growth and this Local Plan sets out the framework on how and where this will continue and flourish. This is a hugely vital document and demonstrates our commitment to building new affordable homes and attracting new jobs.
‘’Everyone living and seeking to invest in Liverpool will be affected by this Local Plan which is why we’ve been consulting with businesses and residents for the past three years before it is submitted to the Secretary of State, to get their views.
“The feedback we’ve had has been extensive and it has helped shape many of the policies which will all help to create a healthier and more prosperous city.”