Further examination and consultation is needed on Liverpool’s Festival Park masterplan, according to a group of councillors.
The vision for the city’s Festival Gardens site will be discussed during a Liverpool City Council meeting next week after Green Party members called-in a previous decision to progress it.
In June the council’s cabinet agreed to endorse the strategic vision, the masterplan and the principles for the development of a mixed-use, residential-led scheme on the 90-acre plot.
Up to 2,500 new homes, 500,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure space and a major water leisure attraction are envisaged in the masterplan, which has been prepared by K2 Architects.
Cabinet members also agreed to other recommendations to move the project forward, including the principal of seeking an investment partner to deliver the ambitious regeneration in partnership with Liverpool City Council.
At the time the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, hailed the proposals as “exciting” and highlighted their potential to attract investment and create a nationally and internationally significant leisure destination.
However, all of the city’s Green Party members have asked for further examination and consultation on a number of issues, questioning whether “a strong focus on the visitor economy/leisure is appropriate at this location,” as well as “what impacts the proposals of up to two million visitors per year will have on – i) existing community; ii) highways”.
The members have also cited “concern that the height and density of the proposed development is excessive and could dominate the area” as a reason to call in the cabinet’s approval.
The called-in decision will be discussed by Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration, Housing and Sustainability Select Committee during a meeting on Thursday 13 July.