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You can still have your say on the future of Liverpool City Region

3 years ago

By The Guide Liverpool

You can still have your say on the future of Liverpool City Region

Residents and workers in the Liverpool City Region are still being encouraged to have their say and shape the future of the region.


Plans are bringĀ drawn up that will influence everything from housing and transport to jobs and health.

Launched in early November by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, ā€œLCR Listens: Our Placesā€ is the second stage of an engagement exercise that will help form the blueprint for the city regionā€™s approach to planning and development for years to come.

In addition to an online survey, the Combined Authority is conducting a series of events with community groups to help ensure that local peopleā€™s views are central to the regionā€™s priorities.

Responses will influence the Combined Authorityā€™s first Spatial Development Strategy (SDS), which will set out a strategic framework for the development and use of land moving forward for at least 15 years. When complete, it is thought that the SDS will be the first in the country outside of London.

The first stage of the engagement exercise focused on asking people what they wanted the plan to cover. It set out specifically to hear from communities whose voices tend to go unheard in the planning process and won a prestigious National Planning Award for its innovative approach to engagement.

Of 2500 respondents, more than 42% were young people, more than half were from neighbourhoods among the most deprived 10% in the country, and 18% were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

The second stage of the engagement will take the same approach and will concentrate on peopleā€™s vision for the Spatial Development Strategy, alongside its objectives in five key areas:

  • Climate change and the environment
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Inclusive economy
  • Placemaking and communities
  • Social value

It will also seek peopleā€™s views on a number of suggested policy areas, including air quality, active travel and employment skills.

Speaking about LCR Listens: Our Places, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:

ā€œWhen 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.

ā€œWith ā€˜LCR Listens: Our Placesā€™, weā€™re putting local peopleā€™s views front and centre when it comes to developing the regionā€™s policies. Your views will help us make important decisions about the future of everything from jobs and transport, to health and housing right the way across our region.

ā€œWe might be in a difficult time at the moment, but your answers could help decide the direction of our region for years to come. Iā€™m really keen to hear from you so, if you get a chance, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the survey.ā€

Councillor Graham Morgan, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework, said:

ā€œIā€™d encourage everyone to get involved with ‘LCR Listens: Our Places’ to help us understand what is important to them and enable us to put policies in place for the future.Ā  This isnā€™t a dry planning exercise ā€“ these policies will influence many aspects of our lives, from how our local communities develop to how we tackle climate change.Ā  The point of devolution is that we are better placed to make decisions than distant bureaucrats and this type of listening exercise helps ensure that is the case.ā€

The SDS is a statutory planning document. When it is published, it will form part of the ā€˜development planā€™ for the city regionā€™s six local councils alongside their own Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans.

The policies that make up the SDS, when finalised, will be considered when determining planningĀ applications across the city region.

After receiving all responses, the Combined Authority will review them and take them into account along with any evidence needed as it drafts the policies.

A draft of the SDS will then be presented to the Combined Authority followed by a 13-week consultation when the public will be able to comment on specific policies.

Anyone wanting to have their say on planning issues and the development of the SDS should click hereĀ where they can comment on a range of different policy themes.

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