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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’ is now closed. It ran between 24th November 2023 and February 16th 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.

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Our latest round of public consultation is now closed. Thank you for all of the comments and feedback we have received. We’ll share the findings in due course.

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Calls 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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Our ‘Call for Strategic Sites’ is now closed and the Spatial Planning team are considering the submissions. 

Stage 3 Supporting Evidence (Nov 2023 – Feb 2024)

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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