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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."

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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 buildings we live, work in and see every day, for our wellbeing and quality of life. And yet, low quality housing is a problem across the north.

Good design is about building the houses, workspaces and public places that people want to live, work and socialise in. Which is why we have 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 it isn’t just about homeowners. 22% of homes in the Liverpool City Region are socially rented and often, the neighbourhoods with the biggest housing challenges are those with high levels of privately-rented property. In order to support both renters and landlords, we are supporting local authorities to develop Compulsory Landlord Licensing schemes to improve the standard of rented properties.

Brownfield First

A brownfield site is identified as a piece of land which have 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.

We have established the Liverpool City Region Brownfield Register – on which we currently have around 400 sites – to help identify these sustainable urban housing sites. This work will lead to discussions with Homes England to secure additional funding to build even more high-quality, sustainable homes.

This will allow us to work hand-in-hand with Homes England to develop housing projects that can be given the go-ahead at short notice.

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 working closely with local 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 Policy and the Combined Authority recently secured £100,000 funding to deliver nearly 50 design review panels for major developments in the city region. This will enable us to work together with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) developers and local authorities, to make sure every new home is built to a high quality standard and is fit for purpose.

If you wish to stay updated on future spatial planning engagements please use the button below to join our mailing list:

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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