• Festival Gardens, Liverpool, Liverpool City Council

Important to ensure Festival Gardens vision is ‘achievable’

The masterplan for Liverpool’s Festival Gardens must be “achievable” from the planning stages to bring it to fruition, according to a city property expert.

A 27-acre development zone at the former home of the International Garden Festival is owned by Liverpool City Council and is being earmarked for a housing-led regeneration with a cultural offering.

Following a public consultation into the council’s previously unveiled ambitious vision for the site, the local authority is due to put forward a revised masterplan for the project which will be known as ‘Festival Park’.

Considering the potential for the site Alan Bevan, managing director of estate agent City Residential, says: “When planning a project like this it’s important to ensure the vision is achievable.

“There is always a danger it could become too aspirational when they’re trying to get a developer on board.

“We know there is a demand for people to live in that area, but if the ambition is for it to be ground-breaking, one of the best residential developments in western Europe, there could be a danger of it falling through. Maybe it needs to be softened with residential elements.”

Alan adds: “Having said that, I have no doubt the site can be a big part of Liverpool’s future. It’s important that these homes are built to house the growing population and Festival Park is a great location.”

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