A masterplan, which sets out how Liverpool will meet the challenges of a growing population, regenerating neighbourhoods and employment needs over the next decade, is set to be formally adopted.
The local plan will shape the city’s development needs until 2033 by setting out how nearly 35,000 new homes will be provided and providing 358 acres of land for business and jobs growth.
It will also protect open space and the natural and historic environment, and promote better quality new homes that are wheelchair accessible.
The plan aims to increase the supply of affordable homes and manage the over-concentration of developments including hot food takeaways and homes in multiple occupation (HMOs).
Following a six week public consultation in the summer, an independent planning inspector has concluded that – subject to a number of modifications – the plan is “sound”.
The council will aim to use the local plan to support its recently published city plan, which is focused on delivering a post-pandemic recovery that delivers benefits for people from all walks of life.
The local plan will also enforce masterplans in the Baltic Triangle, Ten Streets, the Commercial District, the Cavern Quarter and Upper Central in the city centre.
If it is approved by cabinet on Friday (7 January), it will then be considered by all councillors at a meeting on Wednesday 26 January.
Provided the process and procedure followed in developing the plan is not challenged during a subsequent six-week judicial review period, it will then replace the existing Unitary Development Plan 2002 on all planning matters.
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: “The Local Plan gives us a strong foundation on which to deliver our vision of improved communities, dealing with climate change and giving everyone an equal footing in life.
“It is a fundamental part of our work to improve the quality and type of new developments, to rebalance the relationship between cars, pedestrians and bikes on our road network, meet our net zero carbon commitment and embed social value in every decision we make.”
Anderson added: “An important part of our work will be talking to landowners, developers and partner organisations to make sure they understand the new policy requirements in the Local Plan, and deliver positive outcomes on the ground for Liverpool’s communities.”