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After long period of quiet, Liverpool provokes Meadows anxiety again

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Liverpool City Council has been very quiet on its housing plans for the Meadows.  Its just back from a recent battering by Redrow’s barristers over refusing permission to build on Allerton Priory, and has more protests to face over similar plans for Calderstones and Harthill greenspaces.

The council announced  its new Housing ‘company’ with the aim to build 10,000 homes. Now the long, long awaited DRAFT Liverpool Local Plan (Pre-Submission Draft) setting out city-wide development, including housing, parks and greenspaces is finally out for public consultation on 26th January, for 6 weeks.

Find Council’s Report to Cabinet on 19th January  here

Full Council Meeting meets on 24 January, and anyone can send in a question on the Meadows – or anything else before the meeting.

After this there will be a six week Public Consultation period for submission of public comments. The Meadows campaign is reading and scrutinising the Local Plan and will comment further after scrutiny on both FB and here.

See our FB site for a  link to recent Radio Merseyside interview with Cllr Anne O’Byrne on the Meadows.  Makes interesting listening and we are following up her comments.

Some first things that stand out from the Council Report:

Page 5 of 30 – Greenfield sites are not currently needed to meet the housing requirement and previously developed land is brought forward on a continuous basis.

Page 11 of 30 – With regard to providing land to meet the City’s housing needs, the Local Plan is able to meet the requirement without the need to review the provision of designated open or green space or by specifying target levels of housing outside the City Centre. The City Council considers that a satisfactory balance of housing provision is being delivered – with a substantial proportion of the total housing requirement being delivered as larger family homes (3 & 4 bedrooms).

Page 15 of 30 – In response to these representations the green infrastructure policies accord with NPPF and include criteria based policies against which development proposals will be assessed. There is no need to allocate open space to meet the City’s housing requirement. In addition the City Council notes that paragraph A42 of the Housing White Paper Published in February 2017 states that government intends to amend the NPPF to stress that ‘great weight should be attached to the value of using suitable brownfield land within settlements for homes’. This is a principle that the Local Plan is following.

With regard to the Green Wedge policy it is considered to be appropriate as it recognises that the City has large areas of interlinked open spaces which provide a number of important functions. Land within these areas is not required to meet the City’s housing need. The Open Space Study does consider the Accessible Natural Greenspace Standards(ANGSt) but considers that, given the substantial urban nature of Liverpool, it is more appropriate to use a local standard.

More info to follow soon.  Keep up to date!

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