Liverpool City Council is proposing to sell plots of land to bring more jobs, businesses and houses to the Lodge Lane area.
A report to the cabinet on 10 July recommends disposing of four pockets of land – brownfield sites which had previously been built on – to stimulate further economic growth in the area.
This move is the latest potential investment in the Lodge Lane area – known as L1578 after the postcodes the area covers – following a summit three years ago aimed at encouraging business growth in these neighbourhoods.
Since then there has been increased investment primarily in the retail, food and restaurant sectors.
Now it is being promised that a piece of land in Solway Street be sold to local developers for mixed residential and commercial use.
And Canco Limited, a special vehicle company, have bid for plots of land in Grierson Street, Aspen Grove and Lime Grove with proposals for them to be used for local residents to open their own businesses based in shipping containers . The cabinet report says the company ” wants to use clever design and place making to create a ‘funky’ intensely urban thriving street with wide appeal throughout south Liverpool that can become a visitor attraction in its own right.”
If approved, under the planning procedure, this would be the first development of its type outside London.
Together it is estimated that these potential developments could create 80 jobs.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “Lodge Lane is an up and coming area which is becoming one of the most vibrant shopping centres in the city.
“These new proposals will take its development a stage further, bringing new houses, commercial developments and jobs. It also gives local people the chance to start their own businesses and attract more investors into the area.
The cabinet is being recommended to advertise the loss of open spaces at the four sites.