Liverpool City Council has published a draft list of sites required by Government suggesting areas which could potentially be used to grow and develop the city over the next 15 years.
It follows a widespread consultation earlier this year aimed at identifying areas that could provide the housing, business, industrial units, open space and infrastructure the city needs in future.
Liverpool’s Local Plan – which all local planning authorities are legally required to produce – will set out how new housing and employment demand, estimated at over 40,000 new homes and 300 hectares of land for industrial and commercial use can be delivered by 2028.
Local Plans are required to objectively assess need for key land uses and then find the sites and means of delivering on those requirements.
The city council will now review and consider all the responses before publishing a draft Local Plan in summer 2015 which will clearly show the sites being taken forward and explanations of all of the decision making process.
The draft Local Plan will be subject to a planning inquiry by an independent inspector in 2016/17. It is only once this process has been completed that the council will adopt it.
The council received around 330 representations covering 280 sites with a combined area of around 1,000 hectares – less than one percent of the city. A total of 60 of the representations were about protecting existing sites from development or change.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are a growing city with huge ambitions and the Local Plan will be instrumental in how our city looks, grows and develops in the future.
“It is important to stress that this is a rigorous and fully transparent process that will take a number of years to complete, and is one that the Government places a duty on us to go through.
“Each site will be fully assessed and analysed and then be subject to independent scrutiny during a planning inquiry to decide whether or not its inclusion will meet the city’s requirements.
“The Local Plan is essential for attracting investment for the right uses in the right places. If developers, investors and businesses don’t understand our aspirations they will go elsewhere, so this is about making sure we are in the best position to help the city prosper.
“Conversely, without a local plan developers would have a much easier chance of developing against our wishes as we would be less able to demonstrate what our strategic needs and requirements are and where they should be delivered.
“This is an evolving process and the list will be adapted and changed before we adopt it in a few years’ time.”
The draft list of sites will be discussed at a special meeting of the city council’s Regeneration, Housing and Sustainability Select Committee on 23 September.
You can view the full report here and the sites on the draft list here.