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Spatial Development Strategy

Building on the feedback we received from Stage 1 of our engagement (October 2019 – January 2020), we most recently engaged on our proposed vision and a set of objectives (identified by the below icons), along with suggested approaches to several key policy areas. We would like to thank everybody who participated in this consultation for their valuable input.

Stage 2 of the consultation, which ran from November 10th 2020 until February 1st 2021, will help progress the development of a spatial strategy to meet the challenges and priorities of the City Region. The overriding purpose of the second stage of the ‘Our Places’ engagement was to make sure the SDS continues to be shaped positively and meaningfully by the people of the Liverpool City Region.

The below reports summarise a number of engagement events and forums that were held as part of the most recent consultation. Over the next few months, the Spatial Planning team will be using the feedback from the consultation to help shape and progress the SDS ahead of our next round of public consultation.


“In spite of the challenges we are all facing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are still working hard to make sure that the Liverpool City Region is the best possible place to live, work, invest in and visit.

“A key part of that work is creating a Spatial Development Strategy that will help shape our city region for the next 15 years.”

Steve Rotheram
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

Cllr Graham Morgan signatureCllr Graham Morgan
Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder Housing and Spatial Planning
Leader of Knowsley Council

Key Themes:

Climate Change
and Environment

The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority have set the ambition for the LCR to be the cleanest, greenest city region in the country, promoting a balanced and sustainable land use strategy. The LCRCA has declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to making the City Region net zero carbon by 2040.

Health and

The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority have set out the ambition to address health issues by encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, promoting sport, walking and cycling, supporting lifestyle changes, tackling childhood obesity and by being an advocate for mental health and dementia.


The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority have set the ambition for the City Region to punch its weight on the national and international stage, and for a prosperous economy that creates wealth for our nation and opportunity for our people. The LCRCA is committed to creating a high-skill, high-value economy, and to being an exemplar for a fair, progressive and sustainable economy.

& Communities

The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority want to promote good design, support concerted action to improve the quality and attractiveness of neighbourhoods and develop a sub-regional spatial strategy to ensure new homes are eco-friendly, energy efficient, built in the right places and ensure everyone has access to a decent affordable home.

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The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority place a strong emphasis on achieving social value, with a focus on equality social justice, inclusiveness, fairness, rewarding and promoting fair and ethical business, and the use of procurement to promote social value.

Stage 2: Engagement Summary Reports:

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Draft Vision, Objectives and Suggested Policy Approaches


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Report of the Focus Group for People Living with Disabilities in Sefton


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 Wirral Older People’s Parliament SDS Focus Group


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Women’s Health Information & Support Centre SDS Consultation 2021


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PLACED Digital Academy: Summary of Feedback


Stage 2: Supporting Documentation:

 Stage 1 Engagement Summary
(PDF Document, 465KB)

LCR Natural Capital Baseline Report
(PDF Document, 1.7MB)

LCRCA Evidence Research & Intelligence
(PDF Document, 2MB)

RTPI Climate Resilience Report
(PDF Document, 1.5MB)

LCR SDS IIA Scoping – Key Issues Summary
(PDF Document, 1.2MB)

LCR SDS IIA Scoping – Report October 2020
(PDF Document, 11.9MB)

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More policy information

If you would like to learn more about our housing and spatial planning policy or are looking for guidance and procedures to get involved with our housing and spatial planning schemes then please visit our policy documents page. Our policy documents offer detailed information on the various policies.

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