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Housing is one of the most critical issues of our time, both nationally and locally

It’s something that impacts each and every one of us, which is why as a Combined Authority, we are committed to ensuring that our city region provides quality homes for the people who need them. More than that, we want to create communities as well as homes. After all, our communities are what make us who we are.

Housing is one of the most critical issues of our time, both nationally and locally

It’s something that impacts each and every one of us, which is why as a Combined Authority, we are committed to ensuring that our city region provides quality homes for the people who need them. More than that, we want to create communities as well as homes. After all, our communities are what make us who we are.

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"Good design is about building the houses, workspaces and public places that people want to live, work and socialise in."

Quality housing for all

We want to ensure that we are making the most of everything that our City Region has to offer, from the vibrant city centre, to the scenic surrounding areas. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the quality of the homes we live in for our wellbeing and quality of life. We have many attractive neighbourhoods with a high quality housing offer. But we recognise that we also have a number of neighbourhoods with a lack of housing quality and choice. We also recognise that too many of our citizens have difficulty accessing homes that they need.

We want to ensure that our homes are well designed, are energy efficient and can meet a wide range of housing needs, including those of our more vulnerable groups. We have already appointed a Liverpool City Region Design Champion, to kick start a conversation about the importance of design throughout the city region – making it one of the best places to live in the world. But this isn’t just about new homes, we need to make sure the homes already built are made as energy efficient as possible and can make a contribution to improving the City Region’s housing offer.

We are working with our partners in our local authorities, housing associations, developers and our communities to ensure that the City Region’s housing offer supports our economic growth aspirations (including recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic); that our housing is of good quality – whether rented or owned; and that the housing needs of our more vulnerable residents are met.

Brownfield First

A brownfield site is identified as a piece of land which has previously had some industrial or commercial use. For example, they may have previously been used as factory buildings which are no longer in use. Prioritising building new homes on sites like this, allows us to maintain as many of our existing green spaces as possible, repurposing the land already available to us and also support existing communities where brownfield land is often situated.

To help identify these sustainable urban housing sites we have established the Liverpool City Region Brownfield Land Register – on which we currently have around 800 sites across the City Region, which could accommodate in excess of 42,000 new homes. This work is supporting our discussions with Homes England to secure additional funding to build even more high-quality, sustainable homes.

Spatial planning

Our top priority when it comes to housing, is understanding what our communities need in order to benefit each and every person in the Liverpool City Region. To do this, we are developing the Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) in partnership with the Local Authority planning teams, who are able to provide insight into what is needed in each constituency, borough and neighbourhood, helping us invest wisely in the things that will make a difference to those who live in the city region.

Work is ongoing to develop a Spatial Development Strategy and we held or first City Region wide engagement in late 2019 early 2020 to see what the residents, businesses, developers and visitors to our City Region thought we should cover in the spatial planning documents.  Our innovative approach has seen us shortlisted for a national planning engagement award.  Keep an eye out for future engagements / consultations on the SDS.  See link below.

The Combined Authority has appointed a City Region Design Champion, Paul Monaghan of AHMM Architects, a local lad who has won the prestigious Sterling Prize.  As part of the Design work we have secured funding to deliver nearly 50 design review panels for major developments in the city region. We have also held the Liverpool City region Forgotten Spaces competion where 17 architectural practices and the two University Architectural Schools re-imagined 6 sites from across the Liverpool City Region.  In addition the Design Champion has also held a house design competition for 10 and 11 year olds in the City Region with over 250 pupils involved submitting some incredible designs.

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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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