Littlewoods Building at dusk

The Liverpool Innovation Park site has served as key employment land since the 1800s. At one point over 10,000 people worked on the site, with many thousands more across the globe having their activities controlled from there.

Today’s employment figures are much lower, however the site remains one of strategic importance in terms of growth, development and export potential and Neighbourhood Planning provides an opportunity to articulate and develop this growth potential and unlock development opportunities.

Issues

Early discussions with forum members have highlighted a number of issues that could be addressed within a Neighbourhood Plan including;

  • Planning permission for small scale extensions / change of use
  • Landuse classes / allocations within the park
  • Vehicular access to the park
  • Sustainable transport – walking and cycling and infrastructure improvements for better use of railway.
  • Need for improved services – e.g. retail and leisure offer, nursery facilities
  • Security and safety issues
  • Attracting new tenants nationally and internationally
  • Property ownership
  • Empty Units
  • Voice for the business community
  • What the future holds and responsiblity for the area’s economic future.
  • Local residents access to jobs / bordering areas of deprivation

These are our first thoughts and your ideas are also welcome.  Tell us what you love about the area, what you dislike and what needs to change! We will be hosting a range of consultation events where you can have your say.

Neighbourhood Plan – The Opportunity

Developing a neighbourhood plan provides an opportunity for local people and businesses to develop their vision for the future.     The plan, if successful at referendum will become a statutory planning document and will significantly influence local planning decisions.

On a practical level it could achieve some or all of the following;

  • Remove the need for planning permission for some development
  • Grant planning consent for specific activity on named sites
  • Make the case for new facilities and amenities required by local people
  • Remove planning obstacles for potential tenants and investors
  • Influence infrastructure spend in the area via the Community Infrastructure Level (CIL)
  • Identify non-planning related projects that would benefit the area