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12/11/2020

Views sought on housing plan for Liverpool region

Words: Laura Edgar
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The second stage of Liverpool City Region’s ‘Our Places’ consultation has been launched to canvass opinions on how land is used for the next 15 years.

A survey will be run online and a number of events will be hosted by the combined authority with community groups.

The responses will help to influence the region’s first spatial development strategy, a framework for the development and use of land for at least 15 years. It will form part of the development plan for the region, sitting alongside the six local authorities’ local and neighbourhood plans.

The first consultation asked people what they wanted the plan to cover and sought to reach those that tend to go unheard from in the planning process. Of the 2,500 respondents, 42 per cent were young people, more than half were from neighbourhoods among the most deprived 10 per cent in the country, and 18 per cent were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, said the combined authority.

The approach for the second stage will take the same route. It will consider the spatial development strategy alongside objectives across five areas: climate change and the environment; health and wellbeing; inclusive economy; placemaking and communities; and social value. The combined authority wants thoughts on suggested policy areas, such as active travel.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “When I first ran to be mayor, it was because I was excited by the potential for more decisions to be taken locally and for local people to have a much bigger say about the future of their communities.

“With ‘Our Places’, we’re putting local people’s views front and centre when it comes to developing the region’s policies… We might be in a difficult time at the moment, but your answers could help decide the direction of our region for years to come.”

A draft of the plan will be presented to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, followed by a 13-week consultation.

More information can be found on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority website.   

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