Last chance to
help shape City's future
LIVERPOOL residents are
being given an extra month to have their say on the future growth
and development of the City. Consultation on Liverpool's Local
Plan; which aims to provide the housing, business, industrial units
and infrastructure the City needs over the next 15 years; was due
to end on 31 March 2014, but the City Council has extended the deadline
to Wednesday, 30 April 2014.
The extension aims to give as many individuals and groups as
possible the chance to air their views and influence the development
of the plan, which will guide the on-going growth of the City over
the coming years.
It also aims to give all those who wish to make comments the chance
to take into account the Government's new National Planning Practice
Guidance, which was published on 27 March.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:-
"Everybody in Liverpool has a stake in our Local Plan, because
it will be instrumental in how our City looks, grows and develops in
the future. Whether you have views on the amount and types of
housing Liverpool needs, think we need better open spaces or want to
see steps taken to protect our heritage, it's crucial you have your
The development of such an important plan needs to be influenced by
the views of local people, and many have contacted us to ask if they
can have a bit more time to formulate their comments. That's why
we're extending the consultation, to give everybody the chance to
contribute to the process.
Our final Local Plan document will include specific sites for
development, so it's important that people get involved at this
stage. We want this consultation to be as inclusive as possible, and
we are asking all sections of the community to get involved, share
their views and help us deliver a plan which can drive the City
To have their say, people should via visiting the Councils
and follow the link. There is the option of providing a 'quick
comment' on what they would like to see in the plan, or of
providing a more detailed response by answering a series of
questions on housing, employment and development using a more
detailed feedback form.
Liverpool's Local Plan is aimed at delivering over 40,000 new homes
and 300 hectares of land for industrial and commercial use by 2028,
and the consultation gives people the chance to have a direct input
into future planning policy by sharing their views on what the plan
Views are being sought on a range of planning issues, from the
management of certain types of development such as student housing
and hot food takeaways, to the provision of open space; and from the
design of new homes and shopping areas to the protection of the
Through the consultation there is also a 'Call for Sites',
with people being asked to air their views on locations where
development should happen, sites which should not be developed, and
areas which should be developed carefully.
The areas which Liverpool's Local Plan will cover include:-
► Allocating sufficient land to meet housing, business and other
► Setting out opportunities for
► Determining clear policies on
what will and will not be permitted
► Indications of broad locations
for strategic development and allocating specific sites for
► A clear strategy for enhancing
the natural, built and historic environment
As well as being available on-line, consultation forms are also
available at community libraries or can be obtained by calling:- 0151
The extended Local Plan consultation runs until 30 April 2014. The
final Local Plan document is expected to be adopted by the City in
late 2015, or early 2016.
Experts team to
deliver new vision for Crosby Village
INDEPENDENT experts have
been appointed to help revitalise Crosby Village in partnership with
the local community. A multi-disciplinary team has been
commissioned by Sefton Council to produce a detailed investment
strategy for the town aiming to create a thriving retail and leisure
The strategy will consider key issues including infrastructure
needs, public space, vacant sites, challenges for the town and how
new development can be integrated into the existing surroundings. It
will also allow local residents and stakeholders to have a genuine
say; with the project team inviting everyone to help shape a vision
for Crosby for the next 20 years.
Leading planning consultant Nexus Planning will be supported by
global architecture practice Broadway Malyan and property and
development agents Aspinal Verdi, while JMP Consultants will look at
transport issues. The appointment follows a detailed
procurement exercise by Sefton Council who are funding the strategy
from the Capital Priorities Fund.
The work will be overseen by both the Council and the Crosby Town
Team. It will help underpin other recent Town Team projects
including successful markets and the Christmas switch-on.
Alan Lunt, Sefton Council's Director of Built Environment, said:-
"Crosby has some unique characteristics and huge potential. The
strategy will help bring together both ours and the Town Team's
ambition for Crosby and clearly set out the Council's position.
Although a strategy will not immediately resolve the issues facing
Crosby, it is a vital component in planning a future for the town
and, ultimately, driving the vision and investment that is needed.
Throughout the process we will continue to talk to local residents,
stakeholders and businesses to help develop the strategy."
The strategy will help underpin projects by the Crosby Town Team
that have recently included successful markets and the Christmas
Ali Hulse, Chair of The Town Team, said:- "The Strategy is
vital for Crosby in the long term in setting out an ambitious vision
and the Town Team will make sure that everyone gets a say on the
The Town Team are continuing to work on a number of initiatives to
help attract footfall back to the village. The strategy will help us
even further in achieving our main aim of transforming Crosby
village into a vibrant and bustling centre once again."
Peter Tooher, Director at Nexus Planning, said:- "This
appointment is testament to our skills and experience in delivering
successful Town Centre schemes, as well our work with town teams
through the Association of Convenience Stores, and with the
community on a number of neighbourhood plan projects. We look
forward to partnering with the stakeholders of Crosby to create a
shared, deliverable vision for the Town Centre."
Nexus Planning is a national planning and regeneration consultancy
operating from London, Manchester and Weybridge in Surrey. It
advises both public and private sector clients on land use and
planning, and provides a service that covers policy and strategic
planning advice through to detailed development management and
he practice's Manchester office has recently
delivered successful regeneration frameworks for the likes of Northwich, Macclesfield and Shrewsbury.
The multi-disciplinary team was appointed on 1 April and the project
is expected to last 6 months.