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Future development must focus on North Liverpool says council
Feb 2 2008 by Ben Schofield, Liverpool Daily Post
DEPRIVED north Liverpool will be the focus of regeneration in the city for the coming decades, it was revealed yesterday.
A future development plan by the city council also supported the principle of Liverpool John Lennon Airport being allowed to expand into the land to its south, part of the Green Belt and centred on the hamlet of Oglet.
In an attempt to woo middle class families to run-down areas, larger and more expensive houses will be encouraged.
City centre development will continue apace, with a focus on creating jobs for a new wave of Liverpudlians who will swell the city’s population to 500,000.
But developers will be deterred from building in the outer suburbs and in the south of the city.
The long-term strategy for Liverpool’s development was published yesterday in Liverpool City Council’s local development framework core strategy.
The 80 page document aims to set parameters for the city’s growth up until 2024.
Cllr Mike Storey, executive member for regeneration, told the Daily Post it was necessary to bridge the north-south divide in the city. He said: “There was a clear danger that Liverpool was going to be city of two halves but there is some real potential in the north.
“We need to make sure that the north is as inclusive and prosperous as other parts of the city.”
Some 36,690 dwellings will be built over the next 16 years.
45% of those will be one and two bedroomed flats in the city centre, with 23% of the total going up in north Liverpool.
The majority of those 8,500 houses in the north will be private sector family houses, especially semi-detached and detached homes with gardens.
Cllr Storey admitted this was part of the housing market renewal initiative’s aim to woo middle class families to the area.
He said the key to attracting those homeowners was to create city centre-based jobs.
“At the end of the day you regenerate an area by creating jobs; the city is not going to survive if it’s not going to create jobs.
“It’s about bringing jobs to the city and then it must be about the housing tenure in the area.”
But Peter Kilfoyle, MP for Walton in north Liverpool, said he thought that the Liberal Democrat administration were playing politics with the announcements.
He said: “I’ve heard this before from the council year after year – banging on about the need for regeneration.
“They know full well there’s already a great deal of this taking place – this is an attempt to recycle an old story.
“It seems more than coincidental that as they are under pressure going into the local elections that they find the wherewithal to announce a strategy on an area that they have consistently ignored year after year.”
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It's easy to say "Something must be done".
You only have to compare Scotland Road to Park Road to see one example of the difference between north and south Liverpool.
I don't think Scottie Road (after the new Tunnel) has had ANY new buildings in at least 30 years.
Oops, my mistake.
There's a petrol station on the site of Wilbraham House.
Last edited by PhilipG; 02-02-2008 at 11:54 AM.
Hmmm,don't like the idea of letting the airport build on Green Belt land. What's the point of calling something Green Belt when it's disposed of come a large enough chequebook?
Scotland Rd is a bit run-down. There are a few schemes in the works for new build thereon,one next to Young's secondhand shop,and the old cinema by the tunnel that used to be a funeral place has an application in for its demolition,for flats/offices. The buildings by St Anthony's have a scheme in,too,but that's very recent,I haven't read the details yet.
That Wallasey Tunnel as a disaster. They should have built a very high bridge. The north end of Liverpool was carved up to get this tunnel in, while in Wallasey little damage was done as they used an old disused rail line for the approach road.
Originally Posted by PhilipG
The north end is dire and does need a massive injection of Middle Class people in there.
That reports makes out that the south of Liverpool is all hunky-dory. It is not. It needs lots of building and re-generation. Comparing the two is wrong.
The north end should not take projects that were destined for the south end. I don't like this bias at all. The imminent re-generation of Stanley Dock and all the north end docks will spill out to the immediate hinterland. The immediate areas should be earmarked for re-gen in parallel to the re-gen of the docks. The developers will be lining up to accommodate when they see the docks being re-generated. The north end doesn't need any priorities over the south end to encourage re-gen the catalyst is already there.
We don't want a London scenario, where there was upmarket dockside flats and complexes and across the East India Dock Rd a working class ghetto. The contrast was marked.
Last edited by Waterways; 02-02-2008 at 04:59 PM.
The greenbelt is a joke. It just constrains development and is a tool for country people to keep city people away. It should be abolished ASAP.
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