New jobs are to be attracted to South Liverpool’s International Gateway by a new Project Board made up from a range of experts who represent the area’s diverse economy and interests.
Chaired by Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, the board – made up from public and private sector representatives – will raise awareness of South Liverpool by marketing its future opportunities to both national and international investors.
In the last 18 months alone, over 2000 new jobs have been created in South Liverpool, with over 80,000 square feet of new employment space developed. Added to this has been more than 500 new homes completed or in the pipeline, and a new school – South Liverpool Academy – due for completion by May 2013.
Future development will be guided for the next 20 years by a new master plan known as the South Liverpool Strategic Regeneration Framework or SRF. This plan sets out the city’s aspirations for South Liverpool, helping investors, developers, service providers, stakeholders and the local community maximise the area’s opportunities.
The SRF looks at how the area’s strengths, including Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Port of Garston and the pharmaceutical, biomedical and automotive industries can be expanded. It will also focus on South Liverpool’s visitor economy including the airport, Speke Hall and the Coastal Reserve; and the role the Port of Garston, Freightliner and Triumph Trading Park may play in fostering low carbon and renewable energy sources and methods.
South Liverpool remains in a strong position to attract new firms and new jobs by using its greatest assets, which includes the many development sites now standing prepared, ready for investment, and with a skilled workforce available in the local area.
The SRF will also make sure that high quality new developments will be built to benefit everyone who lives, works, visits or does business within the city’s International Gateway.
The South Liverpool Board recognises that the continuing regeneration of South Liverpool needs to involve all parties with an interest in its future. This includes residents, local businesses, local employees and public sector bodies. In order to keep people informed of progress, the Board has published its first newsletter. You can read the first issue by clicking here.