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Towards a Spatial Development Strategy for the Liverpool City Region up to 2040

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'Towards a Spatial Development Strategy' engagement

Engagement on the ‘Towards a Spatial Development Strategy for the Liverpool City Region up to 2040’ document is now open. It will run from 24th November 2023 and until 16th February 2024.

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About this engagement

How we use and develop land affects many aspects of our lives. It is therefore important that the people, communities and businesses of the city region have chance to influence and shape this.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is preparing a Spatial Development Strategy (SDS). This will set out a framework for the future development and use of land in the city region looking ahead to 2040. This includes planning for homes, the economy and jobs, infrastructure and natural environment.

‘Towards a Spatial Development Strategy for the Liverpool City Region’ is a document presenting the next stage of the SDS’s development. It seeks to build on both feedback received from earlier stages of engagement, and the evidence base prepared to date.

We need your input in getting this Strategy right. This engagement is an opportunity for you to have your say on a wide range of draft policies making up the Spatial Development Strategy. We’ll then use this feedback to help refine and improve these policies as we prepare a final version of the Strategy.

How do I have my say?

  • Fill in our online survey
  • Send us an email: [email protected] (please ensure your responses relate to the questions asked in the document)
  • Send written comments to: Spatial Planning Policy Team, No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
  • Hard copies of the SDS document (along with the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment(HRA)) will be available to view on request at the Combined Authority at No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP between the hours of 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri) during the engagement period.
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How can I find out more?

If you have any questions or need help responding to the SDS engagement, contact a member of the LCR Spatial Planning team by email at [email protected] or telephone at 0151 330 1005.

Latest news

The Spatial Development Strategy for the Liverpool City Region is all about potential for developments in the region between now and 2040, and we want to make sure local views shape the future of the city region. The Combined Authority are working with PLACED to bring engagement on the Spatial Development Strategy to each Local Authority in the city region. These are fun and interactive ways to share your views at one of our events.

All events are free and open to the public and are family friendly. There’s no need to register, or have any prior knowledge about planning or development!

Coming up before Christmas…

  • Tuesday 5th Dec, 11am-4pm – 1 Lagrange Arcade,  St. Helens town centre, St. Helens, WA10 1BN
  • Thursday 7th December, 11am-4pm – 1 Lagrange Arcade, St. Helens town centre, St. Helens, WA10 1BN,
  • Thursday 14th December, 11am-4pm – Unit 49 (next to the Coffee House), at Runcorn Shopping City, Halton, WA7 2EU
  • Friday 15th December, 11am – 4pm – Widnes Market, Bradley Way, Widnes, Halton, WA8 6UE

Watch this space for more details on events in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

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Call for Strategic Sites

The ‘Call for Strategic Sites’ is an opportunity for individuals, landowners, developers, and stakeholders to suggest potential strategic sites within the city region that are considered suitable and available for development over the next 15 years. This will inform the consideration of spatial options as part of the preparation of the SDS.

This ‘Call for Strategic Sites’ is focussing on sites for large-scale Housing, Employment and Green Infrastructure opportunities. If you have already submitted strategic-scale sites as part of the land availability assessments undertaken by the six local authorities, then there is no need to resubmit them unless you wish to provide any updated or additional information. Sites with planning permission or allocated for development in a city region authority Local Plan do not need to be submitted.

The sites or locations submitted need to be within or partially within the boundary of the Liverpool City Region covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool City, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral but can cross the internal local authority boundaries.

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Supporting evidence

Preparation of the SDS must be based on evidence. A range of technical studies and assessments – the evidence base – are continuously being prepared to help inform and underpin the policy approaches and cover a range of topics.

Find out about the work that has been done far.

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