Liverpool City Council has announced a six week public consultation on its draft Local Plan and is seeking feedback on its aims to grow the city’s economy up to 2033. The Council seeks to do this by identifying land for jobs, retail, development and housing. The Plan also includes a commitment to the protection of greenspaces and local parks which will come as positive news for the various green space campaign groups that have been started across the city. Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, commented that, “Liverpool’s Local Plan is a roadmap for the city’s growth. It demonstrates our commitment to building new homes, attracting new jobs and critically, protecting our parks and opening up new ways for future generations to enjoy them.”
As mentioned above, the draft Local Plan’s focus on protecting parks in and around Liverpool will no doubt obtain support from residents, particularly involved in the various campaigns to stop the selling of green spaces such as Sefton Park Meadows. As an interesting side point, it is worth noting Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor, Steve Rotherham MP, has committed to protecting green spaces and historic parks if elected in 2017. Perhaps this was taken into account when drafting the Plan?
As well as protecting green spaces, the Plan seeks to provide development which will drive long term economic investment for the region. That said, it also has been criticised by some for being too unambitious and not focused enough on the growth and development of the city, and being too heavily centred on the provision of housing need. With Liverpool City port already open and expecting to provide a large economic boost to the region perhaps this could be a missed opportunity by the Council, If these criticisms are correct?
It should be remembered though, the Plan is currently in draft form and is still open to amendments following consultation. Once this has concluded a final version of the Local Plan will be independently examined starting in the summer of 2017 with the intention of it finally being adopted later that year.
For further information you can view the Local Plan’s consultation process here.