Liverpool’s ‘Ten Streets’ regeneration scheme could take a step forward this week as the council seeks the go-ahead to draw up a key planning document.
The local authority will request the commissioning of a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) to shape the future of the proposed creative district at its cabinet meeting on Friday (7 April).
Considered a crucial part of the planning process, the SRF will be considered for adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document and could pave the way for the council to exercise its Compulsory Purchase Order powers in the area.
This would allow the authority to buy land and buildings in the regeneration zone without the consent of the owners, thus expediting the ‘Ten Streets’ plans.
‘Ten Streets’ aims to transform a rundown area of the city’s northern docklands into a new creative hub where digital businesses and creative organisations thrive alongside one another.
The development is also envisioned with the UK’s first theatre with a revolving auditorium and a “limited” number of new homes.
The proposals are expected to bolster other regeneration projects in the vicinity, including Peel’s £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme and Everton FC’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
Liverpool City Council, which revealed its ‘Ten Streets’ vision at a launch event in February, aims to have the SRF ready for consultation by summer and completed before the end of 2017.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, says: “The launch of the ‘Ten Streets’ district was a phenomenal success and has generated a huge amount of interest from the creative sector.
“The vision for the area is the right one and now we need to move to the next stage to start creating the foundations on which to build an exciting new future for this historic part of North Liverpool.
“This is a long term project but the pieces of the jigsaw are starting to fall into place and I’m hugely encouraged by the partners who are working with the council that we can deliver something totally unique in the UK.”