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35,000 new homes could be built in Liverpool to cope with rising population

The adoption of a 15-year plan which could see 35,000 new homes built in Liverpool could take a step closer next week.

Liverpool’s Local Plan, which will go before the council’s cabinet on Friday (19 January), also includes provisions to limit the number of takeaways and HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation).

The council says Liverpool’s population is expected to rise from 470,000 to 517,000 by 2033 and that the plan has identified 100 detailed policies to manage this growth.

These policies include a commitment to increasing the supply of affordable homes, encouraging the building of better quality new homes which are wheelchair accessible, and promoting “key development areas” within the city centre including the Baltic Triangle in the south and Ten Streets in the north.

Following various consultation exercises Liverpool’s Local Plan is set to go before the council’s cabinet, setting out the key priorities to grow the city’s economy up to 2033.

The document, which also includes a new policy for controlling developments in the city centre, will also be scrutinised at a special Regeneration Select Committee on 17 January and at the first full council meeting of the year on 24 January.

The plan will then go out to final public consultation before being submitted to the Secretary of State for inspection.

The development of 370 acres of land for new jobs is also included in the document, alongside a commitment to protecting and managing developments affecting open space and the natural and historic environment of the city so that it’s not “significantly affected”.

Once submitted to the Secretary of State, Liverpool’s Local Plan will be considered by an independent inspector who will decide whether or not it is ‘sound’.

If approved, the document will then replace the existing Unitary Development Plan 2002 on all planning matters.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who in December 2017 announced a new housing company is being set up to deliver 10,000 new homes, says: “Liverpool is undergoing unprecedented growth and this Local Plan sets out the framework on how and where this will continue and flourish.

“This is a hugely vital document and demonstrates our commitment to building new affordable homes and attracting new jobs.”

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, adds: “This Local Plan sets out to determine what type of city Liverpool wants to be and how we accommodate a growing and changing population over the coming decades.

“The adoption of the policies within it will be a great step forward for the city because they address the issues that affect our daily life and will give the council the means to act on issues and areas that simply didn’t exist when the last plan was adopted 15 years ago.

“It’s impact will be huge because it examines all the fundamental questions like what type of homes should people live in, what type of jobs we can provide, what type of high street we shop in, how do we enjoy our parks and green spaces and how do we travel between them.

“The overriding message is that people want to see Liverpool grow in a sustainable way and this Local Plan provides the tools for us to achieve exactly that.”

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