Viewpoint - 05/12/2023

Liverpool City Region Development Strategy

Public consultation on the draft Liverpool City Region spatial development strategy has now commenced and runs through until 16th February 2024.

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The Spatial Development Strategy will set out a framework for building and development in the Liverpool City Region for at least the next 15 years and will focus amongst others, on the following strategic planning matters:

  • Housing - a minimum 83,600 net additional dwellings should be delivered over the period 2021 - 2040, an annual average of around 4,400 net dwellings. The strategy includes the identification of 27 strategic housing sites across the City Region.

  • Economy & Employment - provision should be made for: general industrial (B2 uses) - a minimum of 521h; office and research and development (use class E (g) (iii)) uses - a minimum of 281,600 sq m; and strategic B8 storage and distribution uses - 293 - 343 hectares. The strategy includes the identification of 18 strategic employment sites across the City Region. 

  • Infrastructure - to provide the following key strategic infrastructure necessary to meet identified needs and includes amongst other things enhancement to the gas network to accommodate the transition towards hydrogen for homes, businesses and transport and improvements to the strategic route network.


The Spatial Development Strategy will provide an overarching framework to address key strategic planning issues in the City Region. Local Authorities within the City Region will continue to perform a key role in setting detailed or area specific policies and identifying site allocations through Local Plan.

If you have strategic interests across the Liverpool City Region, this is a key opportunity for you to get involved and to proactively engage with the Spatial Development Strategy by providing comments on the document. 

Our team of specialist planners can help by drafting a comprehensive response to the Development Strategy, providing a thorough review of the strategy document and assess whether the City Region's proposed visions and objectives align with your needs.

For more information on how you can take advantage of the opportunities or if you are keen to understand any implications of the Spatial Development Strategy, please contact a member of our team below.

The Spatial Development Strategy for the Liverpool City Region can be accessed here.

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